posted on January 25, 2016 12:47
We do as much as we can to protect our children from
stressful situations, but as much as we try, there are daily stresses that
children will encounter. As a parent or caregiver, developing a positive,
healthy relationship with your child can help your little one bounce back from
and cope with difficult circumstances, which is also known as resilience!
Resilience refers to the protective skills and supportive
environments that help children cope and succeed in the face of difficult
circumstances. One of the major ways children develop resilience is through
stable and nurturing relationships with parents and caregivers. These relationships help provide a buffer against
stressful childhood experiences and can help children build executive
functioning skills - like planning and persistence - that are keys not just to
coping, but to thriving despite big challenges.
You can help your child develop the skills
he or she needs to cope and recover, which will help them now and in the
future. Children do best when they feel safe and secure: they learn to regulate
their feelings, attention, and behaviors; building a close, loving relationship
with your child is the most important thing you can do to help him or her
Here are a few tips for how you can build resilience
through close bonds right from the start!
* Give your child hugs and love. Hold your
baby close and tell her that you love her. By giving your child lots of hugs
and attention, you’re making her feel safe and secure, which helps build
resilience! Read more about how you can help build resilience in young children
* Boost your child’s self esteem. Always give
your little one time to do what he or she is good at–it boosts self-esteem,
which helps create resilience skills! Be sure to positively reinforce what he
or she is doing. You can say things like, “I love all the different colors
you’re using for your painting” or “You did a great job listening when I read
you the story.” Read more from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network<http://toosmall.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a04df7717ef6c2a6ebb987d62&id=32c2b8b556&e=25e3bf9de8>.
* Establish a reading routine. Creating a
consistent reading routine can help build stability in your child’s life while
also boosting brain development and language skills. Try reading a book
together every night before bed. Learn more on how talking, reading, and
singing can also build resilience on our blog<http://toosmall.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a04df7717ef6c2a6ebb987d62&id=4649eb1685&e=25e3bf9de8>.
Get more tips like these on TalkingIsTeaching.org<http://toosmall.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a04df7717ef6c2a6ebb987d62&id=33906cd500&e=25e3bf9de8>.
Tune in and talk about your child’s feelings.
How can you help your child learn how to cope with daily
stresses and build resilience? Observe your child’s feelings and reactions. Ask
your little one, “How do you feel?” and listen closely to his or her response.
Help name emotions like happy, excited, sad, frustrated, or worried. Taking
time to understand and express how your little one is feeling can strengthen
your relationship, and when your child feels understood and listened to, he or
she feels supported which is important for coping during a stressful situation.
Plus, being present and showing concern about how your child is feeling can
help him or her build resilience! Read more on KidsHealth.org<http://toosmall.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a04df7717ef6c2a6ebb987d62&id=93a250b899&e=25e3bf9de8>.