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Six Signs That You Are Raising a Resilient Child

Investing in the future can include fostering resiliency in our children. According to Ann Masten, PhD, resilience is the ability to show positive adaptation, handle stress, overcome disadvantage, recover from trauma, and use opportunities to grow and learn in the face of adversity.

So how do you know that you are raising a resilient child?

Recent research suggests that resilient individuals:

  1. feel appreciated and valued for their individual gifts and strengths,
  2. have an understanding of how to set realistic expectations for themselves and others,
  3. possess positive problem-solving skills,
  4. apply productive coping strategies when they encounter areas of challenge or vulnerability,
  5. seek assistance from others when support is deemed necessary, and
  6. experience positive support and interactions from peers and adults. (Brooks & Goldstein, 2001; Axvig, Bell & Nelson, 2009) (Morrison & Kirby, 2010)

To learn about tools that help to build resilience in your child – come to the Shh…It’s Mental Health Speakers’ Series workshop at Carizon on Monday, May 4th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Carizon Community Services Coordinator, Leanne Brown will share Tools for Life to teach children to be resilient individuals. Learn a common language to help promote healthy relationships at home, school and the community.