RESILIENT KIDS TEND TO BE OPTIMISTIC AND CONFIDENT
Posted on July 20, 2017
Australian children enjoy less freedom than their parents and grandparents. There is a tendancy to wrap our kids in cotton wool. Parents will do anything to stop their children from feeling pain. Yet children need freedom to be able to develop resilience, which is a key component for a child to grow and develop into a confident, happy and caring adult. A child who believes they are a worthwhile person is a child equipped with the skills to be able to weather life’s obstacles. With so may young Australians struggling with issues like self-esteem, depression and anxiety, there is value in learning more about ways to boost a child’s resilience.
Allowing children to stumble will help them to learn and develop the skills needed to bounce back from their problems. Just as happiness and excitement are great motivators for learning, feelings of anxiety, embarrassment and sadness are also key emotions for learning too. Resilient kids tend to be optimistic and confident. They don’t just live the problem, but actively try to solve it; they are alert and not overly dependent on others. Encouraging children to try new and daunting tasks despite the outcome and reinforcing that it is fine to make mistakes, and that doing so is a good way to learn, helps children develop the skills they need to negotiate life’s future challenges.
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