Resilience Parenting

Chris & Holly Santillo

Your children will face many challenges in the years ahead, so you want to raise them to be resilient—strong, adaptable, and able to recover. It is your mission to empower your son or daughter to cultivate a functional and fulfilling life. This essential handbook will help you achieve that goal.

In Resilience Parenting, martial arts instructors Chris and Holly Santillo share the insights they have gained as teachers and parents. They offer positive alternatives to lecturing, bribing, and punishing; focusing instead on three Pillars: Learning, Integrity, and Service. By applying these powerful principles, you can inspire your children to develop the independence they need to succeed as adults, while renewing their connection to family and community.

Whether you are raising a teenager or just starting your family, the methods prescribed in this book will help you unlock your greatest potential as a parent.

Press & Praise

Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute and author of "Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child's Interests to Ignite a Lifelong Love of Learning

"Effective parenting requires proactively and intentionally giving our children the right resources and environment to thrive. Resilience Parenting provides a new twist on time-tested tactics that will help us be better and do better. Read this book!"

Mark Goblowsky, host of the podcast Strength Through the Struggle

"People say there is no handbook when it comes to raising kids. Not true anymore. Resilience Parenting is it if you want to raise kids who can handle anything! I've worked with children for thirty years, and I wish I had the wisdom contained in this book when I started. It would have made me a far better parent and teacher."

Steven P. Bucci, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense

"This is a superb and practical book, founded on years of teaching and parenting. I have observed Chris and Holly leading timid or arrogant young kids into a process of learning and growing, from which they come out as resilient and productive winners, ready to face the world and contribute to it. The principles in this book provide the life tools missing in most homes and classrooms today. Learn them, then use them."

Chris & Holly Santillo

Chris Santillo is founder and head instructor at Potomac Kempo, a martial arts studio with four locations in Alexandria, Virginia. Holly is the founding conductor of Mount Vernon Children’s Choir and a Senior Instructor at Potomac Kempo. Together, they have been working with and educating children for more than thirty-five years. Chris has a degree in computer science from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from Georgetown University; Holly has a degree in anthropology from Willamette University. As of the date of publication they are nomadic, exploring the world and worldschooling their three children. Visit to read about their adventures.

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