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ResilienceRResilienceResilienceEnglishNAPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2022-08-26T04:00:00Z11.000000000000047.5000000000000648.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event or stressor.</p><h2>​What is resilience?</h2><p>Resilience is often referred to as one’s ability to “bounce back” from adversity when faced with a difficult life event or stressor. But resilience is about more than bouncing back. It is also the ability to incorporate adaptive strategies to successfully adapt to and navigate the stressor. Whenever we face adversity, we are changed or impacted by it and things will be different.</p> <h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Resilience is the ability to cope with and adapt to, stress brought on by a difficult life event or situation.</li> <li>Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.</li><li>Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.</li></ul><h2>Resources</h2><p><strong>Kids Help Phone – <a href="https://kidshelpphone.ca/">kidshelpphone.ca</a></strong></p> <p>Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people.</p><p> <a href="https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/fostering-hope-how-to-build-resilience-in-youth/">Fostering hope: How to build resilience in youth</a></p>
RésilienceRRésilienceResilienceFrenchNAPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2012-04-23T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>La résilience est une compétence acquise. Les enfants résilients sont capables de faire face au stress, en particulier après un événement traumatisant.</p><h2>La résilience, qu’est-ce que c’est?</h2><p>La résilience, c’est la capacité de « rebondir » après un coup dur. Face à un événement difficile de la vie – par exemple, la disparition soudaine d’un proche – les personnes résilientes sont capables de faire face ou de s’adapter au stress qu’elles subissent.<br></p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>La résilience est la capacité à faire face et à s’adapter au stress provoqué par un événement difficile de la vie.</li> <li>Certains enfants deviennent résilients naturellement, tandis que d’autres ont besoin d’aide pour acquérir cette capacité.</li> <li>Les facteurs qui influencent le développement de la résilience chez les enfants sont entre autres l’état de santé général et le bien-être, le tempérament ainsi que les comportements et méthodes d’éducation des parents.</li> <li>Les parents et les personnes qui prennent soin des enfants jouent un rôle clé dans le développement et l’inculcation de la résilience chez les enfants.</li> </ul>

 

 

 

 

Resilience626.000000000000ResilienceResilienceREnglishNAPreschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2022-08-26T04:00:00Z11.000000000000047.5000000000000648.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event or stressor.</p><h2>​What is resilience?</h2><p>Resilience is often referred to as one’s ability to “bounce back” from adversity when faced with a difficult life event or stressor. But resilience is about more than bouncing back. It is also the ability to incorporate adaptive strategies to successfully adapt to and navigate the stressor. Whenever we face adversity, we are changed or impacted by it and things will be different.</p> <h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Resilience is the ability to cope with and adapt to, stress brought on by a difficult life event or situation.</li> <li>Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.</li><li>Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.</li></ul><h2>Resilience in children</h2><p>Developmental psychologists agree that some children develop resilience through natural process, while others need extra support to access that capacity for resilience. However, this doesn’t mean that those who require a little help will be less resilient over time compared to their counterparts. Parents and caregivers need to remember that cultivating resilience is dependent on many factors and can take some time. It is also important to remember that a child’s expression of sadness and/or emotional distress, particularly following a traumatic event, is normal.</p><h2>Helping your child become more resilient</h2><p>A common characteristic shared among resilient individuals is the ability to seek support from family, friends, caregivers and even community-based programs when they are distressed. For children, it’s a parent or caregiver, who is often relied on to provide comfort and support during times of need. Therefore, parents and caregivers often play a key role in developing resilience in their children.</p><h3>Encourage your child to learn more about themselves</h3><p>Facing a difficult situation head-on can be an exercise in self-discovery, especially for young children. Encourage your child to talk openly about their experience, particularly what it is they learned about their ability to cope with stress. Parents and caregivers can model this by expressing their emotions and sharing difficult experiences. Doing this can encourage your child to express their own emotions and experiences. This will help your child get the support they need from others, as well as help them to process difficult situations and life events in a healthy way.</p><h3>Teach your child about self-care</h3><p>Lead by example when teaching your child about the benefits of taking care of one’s self. This includes eating properly, exercising, taking time to rest and doing something nice for one’s self. Avoid over-scheduling your child with activities, chores or tasks. Instead, try to facilitate a balanced schedule of work, fun and rest.</p><h3>Teach your child about the inevitability of change</h3><p>Change can be a daunting reality for children and adults alike. Teaching your child from an early age about life’s uncertainties will enable them to roll with the punches a little easier. Change, too, is a great opportunity to sit down with your child and set some new, attainable goals.</p><h3>Label and validate feelings</h3> <p>Labelling and validating your child’s experience can be soothing, comforting and settling for them. When your child is calmer, you can then engage in problem-solving and develop strategies to cope. Parents and caregivers can take the “validation shortcut” by replacing ‘but’ with ‘because’ when talking to their children about how they are feeling. For example, instead of saying, ‘you’re feeling sad, but you’re strong and you’ll get over it,’ you can say, ‘you’re feeling sad because I know this was important to you.’</p><h3>Balance uncertainties with certainty</h3><p>Focus on what is under your control, whether it is establishing new routines, making a small choice or relying on the consistent things and/or people in your life. For example, you can say, ‘I don’t know when this will end, but I know we can get through it together.’</p><h2>Resources</h2><p><strong>Kids Help Phone – <a href="https://kidshelpphone.ca/">kidshelpphone.ca</a></strong></p> <p>Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people.</p><p> <a href="https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/fostering-hope-how-to-build-resilience-in-youth/">Fostering hope: How to build resilience in youth</a></p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/resilience.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/resilience.jpgResilienceFalse Resilient children can cope when faced with a difficult life event or stressor. Learn how to help your child become more resilient.

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