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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+)NA2012-04-23T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event.</p><h2>​What is resilience?</h2><p>Resilience refers to one’s ability to “bounce back” from adversity. When faced with a difficult life event – for example, the sudden loss of a loved one – resilient individuals are able to successfully cope with, or adapt to, the associated stress.<br></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.</li> <li>Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.</li> <li>Factors that influence the development of resilience in children include general health and well-being, temperament, and parenting styles and behaviours.</li> <li>Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.</li> </ul>
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+)NA2012-04-23T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event.</p><h2>​What is resilience?</h2><p>Resilience refers to one’s ability to “bounce back” from adversity. When faced with a difficult life event – for example, the sudden loss of a loved one – resilient individuals are able to successfully cope with, or adapt to, the associated stress.<br></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.</li> <li>Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.</li> <li>Factors that influence the development of resilience in children include general health and well-being, temperament, and parenting styles and behaviours.</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 assistance. However, this doesn’t mean that those who require a little help will be less resilient over time compared to their counterparts. It’s important for parents to remember that cultivating resilience is dependent on many factors and can take some time. Finally, a child’s expression of sadness and/or emotional distress, particularly following a traumatic event, is normal.</p> <h2>Signs of a resilient child</h2> <h3>Resilient children may display the following qualities:</h3> <ul> <li>demonstrates a genuine interest in school</li> <li>solves problems effectively</li> <li>assertive and capable of showing initiative</li> <li>empathetic toward others<br></li> <li>responsible and trustworthy</li> <li>sets and attains realistic goals</li> <li>maintains a sense of purpose and a positive outlook on life</li> <li>can act independently (autonomous)</li> <li>asks for support when needed</li> </ul> <h2>Factors influencing resilience</h2> <h3>Biological factors</h3> <ol> <li>A child’s general health: Research suggests that resilient children acquire few childhood illnesses, have a robust physique, and maintain regular <a href="/Article?contentid=646&language=English">sleeping</a> and <a href="/article?contentid=639&language=English">eating</a> patterns.</li> <li>A child’s genetic predisposition: Children who demonstrate a limited capacity for resilience may have parents with a history of personality disorders.</li> <li>A child’s temperament: Some researchers believe an infant’s easy <a href="/Article?contentid=499&language=English">temperament</a> may have a positive influence on their ability to develop resilience during childhood.</li> </ol> <h3>External factors</h3> <ol> <li>A child’s home environment: Research suggests that an organized, clean, and structured home is an optimal setting for the development of resilience.</li> <li>Parenting styles: Establishing rules and consistent expectations from an early age promotes the development of resilience in young children.</li> </ol> <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, or even community-based programs when distressed. For children, it’s a parent, or both, who is often relied on to provide comfort and support during times of need. Therefore, parents often play a key role in developing resilience in their children. The following recommendations, provided by the <a href="http://www.apa.org/" target="_blank">American Psychological Association (APA)​</a>, are effective ways parents can raise a more resilient child:</p> <h3>Keep things in perspective</h3> <p>When your child is forced to deal with a stressful or unpleasant event, it’s helpful to point out that there is a future filled with positivity beyond the current obstacle. Encourage your child to maintain a sense of optimism during these difficult times. This is a skill that will undoubtedly benefit them throughout adolescence and adulthood.</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.</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, <a href="/article?contentid=641&language=English">exercising</a>, and taking time to rest. 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><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/resilience.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/resilience.jpgResilience

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