Tuesday October 27, 2020
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that it’s important to be resolute in the face of adversity and not give up. However, this isn’t just something that you develop naturally. Parents need to help instill this mentality in their children. It would be wonderful to think that we can protect our kids from birth and keep them in a safe bubble where everything is sunshine and unicorns. But that’s not reality. And if we don’t teach our children resilience, then they are going to be in for a big surprise when they try to get out on their own.
Here, then, are some ways that you can help your child develop resiliency:
- Lead by example — In many ways, our parents are our first teachers and if you want them to be resilient, then you need to model that behavior for them. One of the things you should do is not “freak out” in the face of adversity. It’s important for your children to see you as human and not perfect. But at the same time, you should save emotional crises for something you deal with during your private time. If they see that the response to a crisis is to have an emotional breakdown, then they will learn that behavior.
- Counteract negative attitudes — Another thing that you can do is to counteract the negative attitudes that come from feeling overwhelmed. If your child constantly says that they are going to fail at something, then this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. When they say something like this, ask them why they feel that way and then talk to them about how they can reach a different, positive outcome.
- Teach kids flexibility and problem-solving — Rather than retreating into a defensive position when adversity comes their way, teach your children how to be flexible. If something happens to throw their plans off, show them how to adapt. Also, teach them how to talk their way through their problems. By letting them think their way through to a solution instead of just handing them one yourself, you will be showing them how to be independent and resilient.
We all want our children to be self-sufficient and independent. One of the qualities that will lead to that is resilience. By modeling resilient behavior and teaching your children how to problem-solve, you are helping them gain that attribute.
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