As parents and carers we want to protect our children from the challenges life can throw at them. Children can face a range of challenges in coping with situations such as adapting to school, making friends and more serious life events like death in the family and divorce or separation. The ability to cope in the face of adversity, trauma or stress arises from the skills of resilience.
Resilience is being able to ‘bounce back’ from difficult times, setbacks, and other significant challenges. It includes being able to deal effectively with pressure, and get through tough times with good outcomes.
Resilience is made up of coping skills which all children have, they just may not be aware of them. Resilience can be nurtured and developed and therefore parents and carers play a substantial role in building resilience in children.