Raising Resilient Children

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Resiliency is commonly thought of as the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with a challenge. It helps us to cope with our feelings so we can learn from an experience and move forward. For a child this could mean; having a disagreement with a friend, failing a test or not making a team.

Tips for raising resilient children:

  • Build and maintain relationships. Children need to feel that they belong and have people who support them.
  • Be a positive role model. Children learn by watching.
  • Teach optimistic thinking. Children with a positive outlook have more confidence and self-esteem.
  • Use positive discipline practices. Help children learn and understand the impact of their behaviours, actions and choices. Set clear, reasonable limits. Tell and show what behaviour is expected (not just what children shouldn’t do) and use fair consequences.
  • Give children choices. Helps build decision making skills.
  • Encourage creative problem solving. Helps children think about alternate solutions.
  • Teach children how to be assertive. Show children how to confidently and respectfully communicate their thoughts, feelings and needs to others in a way that is not hurtful.
  • Help your child identify and develop strengths. Encourage them to try new things. Praise their efforts.
  • Help your child identify and name their feelings. Learning to recognize and label their emotions is the first step in teaching ways to effectively express emotions.
  • Build parenting resiliency. Ask for help. Read parenting books or attend parenting workshops.