Issues with toddler meltdowns or teenage drama? Teaching a child resiliance can help our kids to be happier, well-adjusted, thoughful, autonomous adults.

Years ago, I clipped and saved a valuable article from "Counselor's Corner", much of which I will reproduce here.

Characteristics of Resilient Children:

  • Socially skillful
  • Sense of control over their response to life
  • Reflective approach to life (thinks and then acts)
  • Goal-directed
  • Curiosity and interest in education (often 'caught' reading!)
  • Presence of inspirational individual / role model
  • Ability to separate from destructive people and situations
  • Take moderate risks
  • Stress-inoculated (anticipated and prepared for crises)
  • View crises as challenges, not catastrophes

Recommendations for Promoting Resilience:

  • Encourage child to have friends by being one.
  • Encourage autonomy and opportunities for responsible decision-making
  • Encourage divergent thinking (have child plan more than one solution).
  • Get child involved in long-term projects to promote goal-setting and delayed gratification
  • Encourage interest in education and promote reading.
  • Challenge, but never put-down child’s views.
  • Provide a strong family support base, and encourage individual extra-curricular pursuits.
  • Do not expect of encourage perfection.
  • Teach the art of reframing problems as challenges.
  • Be what you want the child to be: model resilience.

Sure hope this is helpful!

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