4 Strategies for Raising Resilient Kids
Children are constantly learning and growing. From a very early age, children are perceptive to the world around them. They're picking up on how things work, how people act, and how to deal with whatever comes their way. Every day, they learn something new, and you have the opportunity to show them how to be tough. Here are four strategies for raising resilient kids.
Have Children Learn Through Play
Children learn best when they're engaged. That's why play is very important. When children play, they are fully involved with what's happening around them. Although they think they're just playing, toys and pretend play can teach them so much more. Toys also get their imaginations going. For example, kids can role play with toys by projecting their feelings onto objects. It can help them deal with bullying, stress, and disagreements.
Teach Age-Appropriate Anxiety Management
Children can feel anxious for a variety of reasons. It can stem from experiences at home, at school, or with friends. It's important to teach them healthy ways to manage their anxiety from an early age. Those are lessons they'll take with them throughout life. Anxiety management techniques include meditation and yoga, breathing, painting and drawing, journaling, exercise or playing, music, laughter, and many more. Children can write down or draw pictures of what happened, how it made them feel, and how they will deal with it. When children have a lot of pent-up anxiety, they need to let it out. Dancing, singing, and wiggling gives them a healthy outlet.
Dealing with Bullies in a Healthy Manner
Bullies will arise throughout children's lives. That's why they need to learn to deal with bullies in a way that's healthy for them and for the other child involved. A child should learn to use his or her words when speaking with a bully or about bullying. If a child still feels anxious from an incident, it's important to teach coping skills.
Coping with Stress
Stress is a normal part of a child's life. There are healthy ways to deal with that stress. Children like many different things, and it's important to foster the growth of what they enjoy. If they're stressed, encourage them to paint a picture, sing a song, dance, or read a book. Those are different mechanisms that help them feel like they're back to their normal selves.
Teaching children to be resilient is a life-long process. Each day, they will learn something new on how to manage their anxiety, fear, and sadness. Simple activities can make all the difference in learning how to cope by teaching them that there's always an outlet and there's always someone to listen to them talk about their challenges.
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