Resilience or the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress, can help children manage tension and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. As parents, teachers and caregivers, we all want to raise resilient kids and help to develop their strength so they can overcome obstacles big and small. Resilience leads to better health, greater happiness and more success. Luckily, resilience isn’t a fixed personality trait and we’re not born with a set amount of it. Resilience can be nurtured in all children and is a muscle we can help kids build. Following are eight keys to building resilient children
- Lead and set limits in ways that promote self-discipline and self-worth.
- Be empathic
- Teach your child problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Express your love unconditionally.
- Help your child recognize that mistakes are experiences from which to learn.
- Help them identify and build upon their strengths
- Be flexible in your thinking and in your approach
- Communicate your confidence in you child
Of course, kids also learn from observing their parents’ behavior and our own healthy resilience strategies are more important than anything we say about them. The good news is that resilience can be strengthened at any age. One way is to employ a variety of self-care techniques such as meditation, exercise and good nutrition. Adults who strengthen their own resilience can better model healthy behaviors for their children.
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