We’re all coping with the stress of the current pandemic. We want to protect our children. While the stress is difficult on everyone, it can be especially frightening to a young child.
We want them to be happy and to succeed. One way we can help our children is by building their skills to cope with stress and change. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, trauma, challenges and failure. The good news is that resilience is a skill kids develop as they grow.
Here are some tips to help you and your child build resilience:
- Spend time together every day playing, reading and talking.
- Nurture positive self-esteem.
- Be playful. Use art, pretend play and games.
- Stay connected with family and friends through telephone calls, online or Zoom.
- Teach self-care. This could be time for a long bath or listening to a special song.
- Model relaxation and mindfulness techniques like quiet time and deep breathing.
- Stick to your routines for bedtime, mealtime, etc.
- Allow your child to be a helper with a task he/she can complete.
- Be mindful of special rituals like a good night song.
- Share stories of hope and resilience, access books online.
The BIG Idea: Resilience is a skill children develop as they grow. Routines, rituals and a connection between you and your child help to build a resilient child.