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As a new parent it is important that you consciously create an environment and open up opportunities for your kids that will create a vital life skill in them called resilience. It can be difficult to know where to start or even to understand what resilience truly means but it is important because it is an essential characteristic that your kids need to have. To start exploring the wonderful world of resilience in children and some of the best strategies for fostering this skill in your own child, let’s look at some of the top tips out there for raising resilient kids.
What Is Resilience?
Resilience is a multifaceted term that takes on both physical and psychological factors. Essentially, it refers to the ability of a person to cope with and recover from difficulties in life. In a strictly physical sense it can also refer to the robustness of your child’s immune system to ward off pathogens and diseases. Since these are important characteristics and qualities to have in anyone, helping your child to maximize them at an early age is the best way to ensure that their resilience grows and is maintained throughout their life.
Lead The Way
One of the most effective ways of fostering a resilient attitude towards life in your child is to put your ideals into practice yourself. If you live out resilience in your own responses to life events, then your child is likely to embody them as well. For example, responding to minor problems with anger or emotional stress is a sure way to teach your child that these responses are appropriate in these contexts.
Remember that your child is watching you more closely than you might realize. Though they may not understand everything that is going on around them, children are excellent at picking up the context. T heir brains are trying to learn how the world works so if they observe you acting resiliently to stressful events, then they will be better able to do so themselves later in life.
Make Your Child Physically Robust
Children who learn that a little dirt and some scrapes do not cause permanent harm are far better off than those who are coddled by their parents every time they fall down. While it is important to be compassionate and caring as a parent, your child needs to learn for themselves that some things in life require a bit of physical robustness. Learning how to ride a bike and team sports inevitably will cause some physical distress. f your child is not ready for the realities of life such as these, then you are doing them a disservice.
Healthy gut flora is also important for building a resilient immune system in your child. Strong immunity will keep major diseases at bay and allow your child to grow old and healthy. Pre and probiotics and a well-balanced diet are critical for boosting this aspect of your child’s physical resilience.
Building A Child Made For Life
Resilience is an important life skill that every child needs in order to thrive. In a world of helicopter parenting, it is all the more important that you teach your child how to be a bit more stoic when it comes to the emotional and physical stresses of life. While you need to balance this instruction with a lot of love and compassion, your child needs to learn how to do some things for themselves. This is one of the most important lessons, as a parent, that you will teach them.