Building resilience in children helps them navigate difficult obstacles and overcome life stressors. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing information and tips for how you can help your child build resilience.
Resilient children tend to be happier, more motivated and engaged, and adopt a more positive attitude about difficult or challenging situations. How we view adversity and stress strongly affects how we succeed, and this is one of the most significant reasons that having a resilient mindset is so important.
COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty and stress for all of us. Now more than ever, we need to help our children navigate these difficult obstacles and adversities and build their resilience.
There are many possible risk factors affecting children during this time that can lead to distress:
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has identified seven factors that help children develop their capacity for resilience.
He calls these the 7 C’s, and each has a profound impact on a children’s development.
Helping your child create connections has wide-reaching benefits to their mental and physical well-being. According to Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.
Creating connections can also help your child:
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, and it is an important trait to develop in young children.
Here are a few ways that parents and caregivers can help a child build empathy:
Interactions between parent and child are essential to their development. Spending time with your child – and taking their eyes away from a screen – is easy and fun. Here are a few activities you can do with your child:
In a world filled with social media and mixed messages, it is important for parents to actively teach and model character traits.
Tips for Building Character: