Helping Kids Build Resiliency – Tips for Parents

Being resilient means being able to recover and bounce back from challenging circumstances. Resilient kids are more likely to take on new opportunities and better adapt to stressful situations. As parents, you can help your kids build and develop resiliency; here are a few tips on how you can do that!

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Tip 1: DEVELOP PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

As a parent, you may feel the need to jump in when things get challenging for your kids. However, to help build their resiliency, you should allow them to face these challenges and learn how to solve their own problems instead of fixing their problems for them.

Let them know that it is okay if they need help, but by giving your kids the chance to choose their own response, they have the opportunity to stop and think about their actions and be responsible for themselves.

TIP 2: ENCOURAGE RISK-TAKING

You always want, as a parent, to ensure that your kids are safe and secure. However, this can lead to you restricting their risk-taking opportunities—opportunities which is actually beneficial for a child’s growth. To help your kids build resiliency, allow them to take those risks while you act as a support system.

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TIP 3: EMBRACE MISTAKES

As you encourage your kids to take risks, there may be times where things do not turn out the way they want, or mistakes are made along the way. Being that safe support system for your kids is crucial, and letting them know it is okay to make mistakes and ask for help when necessary will go a long way.

TIP 4: ESTABLISH A STRONG CONNECTION

By establishing a positive connection and a caring relationship with your kids, they will feel a sense of empowerment that will allow them to face challenging situations and difficult times head-on, knowing they have a strong support system behind them. A healthy parent-child relationship is the foundation your child needs to grow and flourish!

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TIP 5: ENCOURAGE OPTIMISTIC THINKING

Through both positive and negative experiences, promote a positive environment where your kids can learn from their experiences instead of dwelling on mistakes. Avoiding negativity and encouraging your kids to be more optimistic with their attitude and outlook on life will help build their resiliency.

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TIP 6: MODEL RESILIENCY

Practice what you preach. As a parent, you influence your kids’ attitudes, actions, and behaviours. To teach resiliency to your kids, you must demonstrate it as well in your everyday lives!

At Moorelands, our staff focus on the Four C’s in all program delivery. We provide opportunities to help kids…

  • Build Confidence
  • Develop Character
  • Gain Competence
  • Create Connections

Try out these 6 tips today, and give your child the positive foundation they need to flourish.

by Cindy Liu and Kyle Dedecker

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