Building resilience is key to helping our children and young people cope with the challenges of life. Some children are naturally more resilient than others. They bounce back after set-backs or disappointments. They find new friends easily when there are fall-outs and issues between them and their peers. Other children react completely differently and issues which some may consider to be trivial, are overwhelming challenges.
I see many children and young people whose parents are worried about their over-dependence on them. Their children are anxious about taking on new things, meeting new people and becoming more independent. The problem seems to be increasing for secondary aged children.
It’s a pleasure for me to work with these youngsters and to help them to build skills of resilience. For parents to continue the work I have started with the child, here are some ideas and suggestions (which you many have already tried – in which case, please keep going – these things are ongoing and can take a long time to have an impact, but you are doing a great job!):