Building Resilience in Children

This year may be a little different from the previous ones with a lot of uncertainties, lockdowns and social distancing. Resilience in children and parents/carers seems to be much more needed.

What is Resilience?
Resilience can be defined as ‘doing well during or after an adverse event, or a period of adversity.’ Every child can have resilience on a different level, so they respond differently to different stressful events. Sometimes you can observe them being emotional, withdrawn, defiant or resentful.

Can resilience be supported?
Absolutely YES!  You can support your little one in different ways to build resilience!

1. Be Responsive and Connect
In order to help children to being able to adapt well to manage the daily struggles and manage strong emotions children need CONNECTION within Family and with friends. Little ones need Family Time as a security blanket. You can PLAY, read or CUDDLE together as a Family! Just make sure that your child has a place where they feel secure.

Also it is important to listen their emotions and struggles. Validate their feelings. Don’t just say “Don’t be Afraid!”  Just let them know you are there to help.  It is important that children know “It is important to ask for HELP!”

2. Practice for Empathy and Compassion
You can teach about empathy by using books and films. Ask your little one how the character feels? How did they understand that? How do we show our emotions?

Helping others is just as important as understanding how they feel.  Show your little one the ways to help the vulnerable ones.  Teach them how their small acts of kindness may help others.

This is a special time for giving, sharing and spending time with family! Discuss with your little one about how you can help others? (Sending special cards, donating food and toys, donating to charities)

3. Bring Structure in Their Lives
Children need structures to feel secure. Discuss your family rules and routines over a family meeting.

4. Model Emotion Management and Problem Solving
Talking about your emotions will help your child to talk about their emotions easily. Show them how you calm down when you have strong emotions. Being a model of being respectful about differences and different perspectives will also help your little one.

5. Use Mindfulness Practices to cope with everyday struggles. You can teach different breathing techniques. Most of the mindfulness techniques are taught by using storytelling and play. We have some examples of mindfulness breathing techniques on our Instagram page if you want to learn more.

Sending warm wishes to all,
Out of the Box Fun Team

 
 
References:
https://www.apa.org/topics/resilience-guide-parents
https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/strategies-to-help-children-build-resilience
https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/