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Building Resiliency in Children – Part 1: Promoting Healthy Relationships

As parents, we are in a life long journey with our children to nurture them and help them cultivate the tools they need to become successful adults. It is our responsibility to not only impart knowledge but also nurture the resiliency necessary for them to thrive in our ever-changing world.

A child playing in leaves
How do you see your child deal with difficulties?

But what is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and it is a crucial trait that children (and hey, even adults) need to deal with life’s challenges with confidence and adaptability.

One of the cornerstones of resilience in children is the presence of supportive relationships.

Remember back to when you were a child. How did it feel to be around that person you knew would support you even if you failed?

Creating an environment where your child feels safe, valued, and heard by you will encourage open communication with them.

Allow for them to come to you with problems and validate. It doesn't matter if they're momentary problems or not, sometimes a broken crayon can really feel like the end of the world!

Be empathetic and understanding, allowing them to express their thoughts and emotions freely.

Help them identify other positive people that are their helpers in life, teachers and other adult mentors

such as an aunt or an uncle or a coach that they can reach out to for support.

Knowing we are not alone when we are going through a hard time is key to being resilient.

By implementing this strategy to build resilience, we empower our children with the ability to navigate

life’s inevitable ups and downs with confidence.

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Please Note: If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital for emergency services or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.


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