Resilience and Perseverance
nstinctively, parents want to protect their children, but it's not always possible. When those impossible moments arise, you can prepare your child for adversity by nurturing their ability to bounce back from life's hardships – otherwise known as resilience.
What You Need to Know
Resilient people meet success because they persevere. Developing the skill as early as possible sets a patten for your child's ability to deal with adversity for the rest of his life.
Resilience is a product of both internal (optimistic perspective, good problem-solving skills, tenacity) and external forces.
How You Can Help
You can strengthen your child's resilience both internally and externally.
- Although you can't change your child's natural temperament, you can influence his outlook by focusing on the positive, trying not to get bogged down by anxiety and “what-ifs”, and by telling your child when he cries that things won't always be the way they are. Looking at the glass as half full rather than empty is a powerful start. Some dreams won't come true, but accepting reality rather than struggling against it helps people move on.
- Build your child's confidence by stepping back and letting him solve minor problems on his own. Having someone to bounce ideas off of is sometimes all a child needs to bounce back after stumbling.
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