Resiliency in Children

"Resilience is the ability to steer through
serious life challenges and find ways to
bounce back and to thrive."

"We are born with the capacity for 

 "But resilience is not something
we have or don’t have." 

"We work on it
throughout our lives." 

"And we need to 
start as early as possible."

"Resilient kids are problem solvers."

"They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions."

 This little guy is fifteen months old (or young).  Today was one of the first times he spent out in the play yard this spring. He didn't waste any time finding a challenge for himself on this ramp.  The first time he stood at the top looking down and decided to crawl down. He practised getting on and off, standing up and crawling. As you can see by his pants he fell once also. When he fell, I came along side him and he looked at me and I looked at him. He didn't cry. He just lay there for a few minutes, almost as if he was feeling his body to see if it hurt or maybe the fall surprised him.  I asked him if he needed help getting up and he reached up his hand to me. Then, he was right back at it, trying again.

Practising. Problem Solving. Mastering.

 Developing Resiliency.

Some of these ideas on resiliency were borrowed from an article I read by; Best Start: Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre

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