The Importance of Raising Resilient Children

Our Resilient Crew reminds us all that we can get through hard times, and we don’t have to do it alone. So how do we raise resilient children? Here are some ways for different ages and stages of development.

Babies

It's never too early to  start your babies emotional learning & growth!

Be sure to offer the environment for a secure attachment, including safety, security, responsiveness and love.

Spend focused time with your baby, noticing what they are honing in on and verbally reflecting back to them what you see.

Balance spending time with your baby & alone time. It’s okay for babies to have time to themselves too, as long as you are nearby.

Create trust with your infant by aknowledging &  assuring them that they have been heard when they are going through difficult emotions.

Little Kids

Besides what you’ve learned when your child was a baby, you can start layering in these next steps.

Allow your little one to struggle. Provide encouragement and empathy when they feel frustrated.

Don’t try to fix their feelings. When your little one tantrums, sit with them in it while remaining calm and empathic.

Everyone miscalculates sometimes. Show them it’s okay to make mistakes and it's okay to admit it.

Building off the foundation you’ve built for your child from infancy layer in these next steps.

Big Kids

Celebrate failures as much as successes. Help your kiddos notice how making mistakes helps them learn and grow.

If your kiddos believe that sadness, anger, & other emotions are “bad.” Explore the positive aspects of these emotions.

Don’t confuse resiliency and a “no cry” attitude. Instead, encourage your child to express their emotions.

Encourage your child to face their fears, while offering support in a way that feels okay to them.

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