In Carey’s Attributes of a Positive Learner, we define resilience as, ‘The ability to persevere and bounce back when experiencing setbacks’. This comes under the domain of ‘Self-Management’, helping students to understand how to approach new opportunities and ideas with knowledge, courage and resilience.
This month on SchoolTV, the development of resilience is explored and explained, to help parents to gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them to be adaptable.
Resilience is a skill that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.
However, being resilient does not mean your child won't experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Over-protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful towards the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the School for further information or seek medical or professional help.