Creating Resiliency in Children Part 1

This week at Imagine Hope we will be discussing how to create resiliency in your children.  The good news is, resiliency is not just an innate quality—it can also be taught!  We hope to provide you with some tips to help encourage your children, and to help you model resiliency to them.

What is resiliency?

Resiliency is the ability to be tough, to bounce back, and to recover from difficulties.  For some, it may be surviving and then thriving after a traumatic life experience.  For others, it may be the ability to push through a difficult home life day in and day out.

Children who are resilient are insightful, good problem solvers, and competent.  They are independent and goal-oriented.  They know what they want and will figure out how to get it.  They have good emotion regulation and can self-soothe when upset.  They are level-headed and do well under pressure and stress.

As a parent, you can model resiliency to your children.  If you are an anxious person, make sure you do not project or model anxiety to your children.  Model to them how to use coping skills and calming techniques when you are upset.  Teach your children to problem-solve and let them fail (more about this on the blog tomorrow).  Encourage them to be independent.

Check back tomorrow as we discuss more ways to create resiliency in your children!

*Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.