By Mayo Clinic Health System staff
Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?
Resiliency is the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens. It can turn victims into survivors and enable survivors to become successful.
Adults can help build resiliency in kids through:
Encouraging communication of feelingsIt is important for children to feel safe to communicate and open up about feelings.
Avoiding isolationMake sure your children are still interacting with other people.
Teaching empathy and helping othersHelping others can empower a child to overcome his or her own situation.
Practicing self-careTo support good health, maintain a routine of getting enough sleep, eat nutritious food and allow for down time.
Acknowledging that change is a part of lifeAlthough it can be challenging to accept and adapt to change, everyone can get through it.
These techniques can reduce the amount of lost school days, illness, emotional outbursts and feelings of worry and fear. If these techniques don’t seem to be helping your child as much as you had hoped, seek help from mental health professionals to ensure your child’s safety and well-being.
Learn more about resiliency:
- Children often are referred to as the forgotten or invisible grievers. Learn how to support grieving children.
- Texting and social media can be a great way for kids to connect. However, they also can be avenues for bullying. Read about how to support your child if you think they are being cyberbullied.
- Confident children know their own goodness, and that they are worthy of being loved and belonging with their friends and family. Use these practical ways to raise healthy kids.