Parents and teachers can help students adapt to adversity, trauma and the challenges of everyday stressors by helping them build resiliency. The Resiliency Guide for Parents and Teachers, developed by the American Psychological Association, provides 10 tips for building resilience in children and teens.
For example, routines promote feelings of emotional and physical safety, and support resilience during the early years. In addition, a focus on self care, creating a positive self view and hopeful outlook, and providing social and individual opportunities for self discovery are a few ways to build resilience as children move from early childhood through adolescence. Finally, students who are both self-aware and socially aware will learn to manage stress, and demonstrate empathy towards others.
This article notes that the personal journey of resilience is unique to each child. With support and the right opportunities, children will develop confidence and feel safe turning to adult caregivers for guidance while gaining resiliency with each and every barrier faced.
Visit the American Psychological Association’s website for the full article, including a Spanish language version.