Raising a Resilient Child

Resiliency—the ability to jump since from hard times—is a crucial life skill. Here’s how parents can succeed in raising resilient kids.

Children cannot be protected from the bad things in life all the time, but there are six ways to instill a can-do attitude in them when faced with adversity.

Resilience in the face of adversity may be as crucial to success as innate talent or intellectual capacity itself. Aiming for a more comfortable existence isn’t a goal in and of itself. 

“Gritty” sounds like sandpaper scraping against your skin, but it can bring so much joyous creativity and expertise. It’s the ability to pick yourself up and go. Here are some ideas for teaching your child to do so.

Resilience helps youngsters cope with challenges even when you’re not around, such as in school. In order to teach our children, we must be able to handle their frustrations. 

However, it’s important to remember that gaining resilience doesn’t imply enduring hardships on your own. Give your children a sense of belonging—to their families, friends, community, school, sports teams, clubs, pets, and the wider world of ideas. 

Our greatest resource for coping with misfortune is our ability to connect with others.

1. Involve yourself, but don’t overtake

A firm foundation is more vital than a safe haven or a quick fix when it comes to your child’s education. 

If you want to teach a small child how to create a salad, you may need to provide a real scaffolding, such as a step stool or to help her reach the counter. 

Allowing your 5-year-old enough time to tie her own shoes can mean that you don’t have to intervene or be late to school. Having a habit of asking, “Do you want help figuring this out?” is a fantastic way to encourage youngsters to use their figurative “toolbox.”

2. Instruct Students to Use Reasonable Criteria for Evaluation

Don’t make every molehill into a mountain for your youngster. When things go wrong, you don’t have to let them ruin your experience.

3. Instill an Optimistic Attitude

Educators have found that students who are taught that intelligence isn’t something that can be fixed but instead may grow and develop are more committed to their studies and get higher test scores. 

You can help your children succeed by teaching them how their brains and bodies are wired for success. Tell students that the brain is like a muscle that grows stronger the more it is used. Investing extra time and effort will pay off in the long run.

4. Develop Your Imagination

Invite your kids to think outside the box when solving family problems, and they’ll develop a habit of creative problem-solving. 

What if you’re running low on tortillas, and everyone wants fajita night? Instead of heading to the store, ask your kids to come up with three things they could create with what’s on hand.

You can build resilience through more than just active problem-solving; you can also achieve it through a variety of forms of creative thinking. 

As a child, the girl who makes up imaginary stories on the playground may grow up to be a savvy teen who knows how to aid a friend or what to do when she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no mobile service.

5. Consider the Possibilities

Even if some children appear more optimistic than others, this trait can be learned. Resilience is a result of a positive outlook. Explain to your children as often as required the importance of what you do next rather than what went wrong.

6. Take the Time to Demonstrate

Keep a cool head in front of your children so they can learn from you. Try the next day again, take an apology, go for a run to burn off some of the calories, enroll in a class to better your skills, and make fun of your shortcomings. 

Resolve to be a better parent by discussing your shortcomings with your children. If we make a mistake, ask them to help us rectify it and engage in the conversation about it. 

The more we laugh at our mistakes, pick ourselves back up, and try again, the more resilient we will become as a family and as individuals.

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