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Raising Strong and Resilient Kids: A Comprehensive Guide

September 26, 20232 min read

In today's fast-paced world, children face a myriad of challenges, from societal pressures on achievement to personal struggles at home. As parents and caregivers, our primary goal is to ensure our children not only navigate these challenges but thrive amidst them. The key? Cultivating resilience.

The Detrimental Effects of Critical Parenting

According to a recent article on CNBC , journalist Jennifer Wallace, in collaboration with a Harvard researcher, highlighted the negative impact of critical parenting. Children subjected to constant criticism often develop a "false self," masking their true personalities to meet their parents' expectations. This façade can severely damage their self-esteem and confidence.

Parents who raise resilient children create an environment where mistakes are allowed, and failure is not feared.- CNBC

The Pillars of Resilience

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers a comprehensive guide on building resilience in children and teens. Resilience, as defined by the APA, is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity. While some children might be naturally resilient, these skills can be nurtured and developed.

10 Tips for Building Resilience in Children and Teens

1. Make Connections Foster strong, caring relationships with family and peers.

2. Help Others Encourage children to help others, be it through chores or community service.

3. Maintain a Daily Routine Regular routines provide a feeling of safety.

4. Take a Break Ensure children have time to relax and take breaks from stressful situations.

5. Teach Self-Care Promote physical well-being, sleep, and healthy eating.

6. Move Toward Goals Teach children to set realistic goals and move towards them one step at a time.

7. Nurture a Positive Self-View Remind children of ways they've successfully handled hardships in the past.

8. Maintain Perspective Even when facing challenges, help them see the bigger picture.

9. Seek Opportunities for Self-Discovery Hardships can teach resilience and empower them to grow.

10. Accept Change Change is a part of life; it's essential to accept and adapt.

Developing resilience is a personal journey. If a child seems overwhelmed, consider seeking help from a psychologist or mental health professional. - APA

The Role of Play and Quality Time

Going back to the CNBC article, it's essential to underscore the importance of playtime and quality interactions. Simple gestures, like greeting children with joy or being physically affectionate, can profoundly impact their well-being. It's a reminder that children value the time and affection we give them, not just accolades for their achievements.

Raising strong and resilient kids is a journey, not a destination. By understanding the pitfalls of critical parenting and embracing the principles of resilience, we can equip our children with the tools they need to face challenges head-on. Remember, every child is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. Stay connected, stay informed, and most importantly, stay supportive.

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