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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.
Sometimes, when we’re in a situation, it can be hard to see a way that things will work out well. Helping your children and teens to have a broader perspective can help them persevere through hardships by allowing them to see there is hope in the future.
There have been many pandemics in ancient and modern history. Humanity has not only survived, but made scientific advances as a result. The improvements in sanitation, vaccines, and disease containment—including the things we’re doing to slow Covid-19— all build on what we’ve learned from past pandemics.
Keeping things in perspective is a hallmark of strong resilience. Teaching your children and teens this skill, and modeling it for them yourself, will give them a powerful tool that will serve them well for years to come.