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Resilience makes it possible for children and adults to face, overcome and even be strengthened by challenges in their lives. Challenges that kids might experience include:
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Children experience both protective factors that help them to bounce back, like a loving family, and risk factors that can make life harder like early separation from the main caregiver. These factors will play an important role in the way that their resilience develops.
Resilience needs to be developed and nurtured from the start of life for the best outcomes. Protective factors include:
Resilient children are likely to come from home environments with warmth and affection, emotional support, and clear and reasonable guidelines. They tend to have at least one adult in their lives who they identify with and who they gather strength from. When this isn’t present in the home this one influential adult often turns out to be a teacher—one caring adult can have a big impact on a child’s life course.
Risk factors can be personal or environmental. Personal risk factors might include disability or early childhood illness.Environmental risk factors might include child abuse, marital conflict, parental criminality, parental mental illness or harsh discipline.The way that a child responds to these risk factors is influenced by their early experiences and supportive relationships in developing skills and personal characteristics for resilience.
Helping children to learn
Teachers and early childhood educators can play an enormous part in building kids’ resilience. Read these articles for more: