Build Resilience Together
Learning the best ways to support your children can be difficult, especially when a lot of suggestions don't feel practical! These activities will focus on things that can help build resilience in your children while also allowing you an opportunity to grow closer as a family. Resilience is the ability of someone to withstand or recover from difficult situations quickly. We can build this up by focusing on the following; self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships, and purpose.
In the past few years, children have had a particularly hard time navigating important developmental years during COVID-19. The loss of school, regular activities, positive support of teachers and other adults, and social distance from peers make youth even more vulnerable to mental health challenges. It is important as we work to find our new normal that we also spend time connecting with our children and working together to build up our connections with ourselves and our loved ones.
The American Psychological Association provides a resource about resilience, where it comes from, and how to develop it in order to overcome life’s struggles. This is a good resource for those experiencing struggles and who could benefit from resilience.
Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on “grit” as one of the most important predictors of success went massively viral in 2013. Her 2016 book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance was an instant New York Times bestseller.