Raising Resilient Kids

  • Help your child build their problem solving skills. Teach them that there is no such thing as a “quick fix” to most of life’s problems.
  • Allow your child to take responsibility for some of their own decision making and practice thinking through different options for themselves.
  • Get to know your child’s friends/parents and caregivers. It’s OK to check in to make sure your child is where and with who they say they will be.
  • Make sure your child knows the house rules and consequences if the rules are broken. Post these rules and consequences in your home so it’s clear what your response as a caregiver will be if a rule is broken.
  • Help your child build self-esteem. Recognize their efforts, hard work, and successes. Find reasons every day to let your child know they are valuable and important.
  • Encourage healthy eating and sleeping habits, and help find ways to constructively occupy down time and manage stress.
  • Make a point to spend quality time with your child, even if it’s a movie night or dinner together at the table. Create new family traditions together.