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Building Resiliency In Children – Part 5: Independence

Another way you can build resiliency in your child is to promote independence.

Young girls playing with blocks
Children learn how to be resilient through experiences of independence.

Give your child age appropriate responsibilities. An example of this could be tying their own shoe when they are able to learn or putting their dishes in the sink after a meal.


This builds their sense of autonomy and reinforces the idea that they can handle challenges on their own.


A good rule to follow to encourage independence is this: do not do things for them that they can do for themselves.


Allow your child the opportunity to struggle a bit to make it happen. When they accomplish something they have struggled with on their own, the victory is that much sweeter!


Giving chores and other household responsibilities is an important way to promote independence.


They feel proud of their contribution and are learning important skills for their future to live independently from you.


By implementing this strategy to build resilience, we empower our children with the ability to navigate life’s inevitable ups and downs with confidence.


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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