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In this series, we’ll be looking at ways to help teach children and teens resilience. It can be difficult to process disappointment, trauma, stress, anxiety, or depression and all of the negative feelings that can come with it. Resiliency will help children and teens deal with these negative feelings in a healthy and appropriate manner. Resilience is a skill, and like any skill, it can be strengthened through practice.
Learning how to set realistic and attainable goals will help your children and teens become successful throughout their lives. More importantly, it will teach them they are capable of accomplishing things.
Goal setting doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you’re trying to cut out soda, make a goal to avoid soda one day per week. Over time, you can increase the goal to two, then three days. Each time you meet your goal, your confidence will grow. Reaching a full 7 days per week without soda will be both easier and more sustainable.
Having goals to work on helps keep us all focused on something other than events that cause stress, anxiety, or depression. Setting goals that are related to those events can help give teens a sense of control over those situations. The more they practice goal setting, the stronger their resilience will become.
View the previous articles in our Building Resilience series here:
Part 1: Keep Things in Perspective
Part 2: Letting It Go
Part 3: Maintain a Routine