Teaching our children how to be resilient is just as important as anything else we teach them, if not more.
It makes sense when you think about it. Resilience is what helps kids grow up to become confident and capable adults.
It’s resilience that means kids can handle challenges when they arise without having to turn to anyone else for hand-holding or advice.
Here are seven ideas for raising resilient kids that have worked well in my family.
1. Take on physical challenges.
When we were younger, life was so different. I can’t remember a day when I wasn’t outside running, jumping, playing and enjoying myself. My mum didn’t hover. None of the mums really hovered. Now we don’t just hover but we are tempted to keep our kids indoors where they are safe instead of really giving them the freedom to explore. But we really shouldn’t.
According to Psychology Today encouraging kids to (safely) play outdoors and do activities like building a fort or jumping on a trampoline is important.
2. Organise regular playdates.
My son loves playdates. He calls them, ‘hanging out’ now that he’s 11. He learns from other families. He observes how they live; he tells me how he feels about things that happened and how he chose to handle it. He has food allergies and has learned to communicate his needs really well to those who are caring for him.