Relationships and Resiliency

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

All of us experience negative events in our lives. Pets die, best friends move away or we don’t make the team we tried out for. We can’t always prevent these things from happening, but resiliency will help us to cope positively.

While there are many definitions of resiliency, it is commonly thought of as the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with adversity. Rather than being overcome by sadness, anger or other negative thoughts, resiliency helps us to cope with our feelings so we can learn from the experience and move forward.

How do children develop resilience?

  • Children need to feel that they belong; having strong relationships is a good place to start.
  • Children need to have people who support them. They need to know how to reach out to these people and ask for help. This feeling of support and connection starts at home.
  • Children need to be able to rely on you; this lays the foundation for building trust in future relationships. For example: if you see your child struggling with their homework, help them break the problem down into something more manageable. Not only does this give you a chance to connect with your child, it builds resiliency so that they are able to cope with bigger issues later in life.
  • Children need to have assets. Help them build on the 40 Developmental Assets.

Check out our HaltonParents Blog: Are Parents Helping or Hindering Resiliency in their Kids? (external link)