Teach your buttercup how to suck it up

Why resilience matters for kids - Teach your buttercup how to suck it up

Helping children develop resilience at an early age should be a priority for parents, and their teachers.

 

Resilience describes our ability to recover quickly from difficulties, and research suggests it is a teachable trait; even for young children. 

 

Studies show that today, one in four adolescent children experience mental health problems; unfortunately, these rates are at an all-time high. 

 

With this in mind, we should understand it’s more important than ever to not only help our kids deal with stressful events but also equip them with the tools to handle adversity on their own. 

 

Thankfully, schools have already begun to implement programs focused on developing resilience. But that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t do their part to teach them a thing or two from home!

There are a number of methods psychologists recommend parents practise to cultivate their child’s resilience.

 

The first is to encourage a growth mindset; this means focusing on “progress” rather than outcomes. For example, studying for an exam should be seen as an opportunity to learn and advance their knowledge, rather than simply a chance to succeed or fail.  

 

You should also teach your child to reframe negative events; Perception is everything. Events we experience are not traumatic until we experience them as traumatic.

 

Encouraging your child to identify and dismiss negative thoughts is also important; though they can’t be silenced completely, they should be accepted as “just thoughts”. 

 

And finally, ensure your child practices gratitude; Simply put, people who feel grateful experience more life satisfaction than those who don’t. You can get your child in the habit of looking on the bright side early. Ask them what they enjoyed doing today, or what made them feel special. The glass is always half full!

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