During times of transition and change, kids who have a “reservoir of resilience” fair better than children who do not. Resilience is generally understood to be the ability to “bounce back” when faced with life’s challenges; big and small. Moving to a new home and new community is one of those top five stressors in life. Resilience is something that helps kids and adults with the stress they can face when moving.
Resilience isn’t something you have or don’t have. It’s not something you’re just “born with.” Resilience can be built at any age or stage of life. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child identifies four things to build and optimize resilience. (To read more, click here.)
1. A consistent, caring, supportive relationship with an adult.
2. Having a sense of self-worth and control over their environment
3. Opportunities to strengthen coping skills and self regulation
4. Mobilizing sources of faith, hope and cultural traditions
Building resilience doesn’t necessarily mean that children will come through challenging times, like moving, unscathed. Building resilience means kids will be able to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and not get overwhelmed in the face of adversity.
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