Family is undoubtedly the most important system affecting child resilience.
By providing a supportive environment with open communication and effective parenting practices, children are given a huge head start in terms of building resilience.
Along with a respectful parenting styles, the following list contains a number of more concrete and specific ways in which parents and caregivers can promote resilience in children (Brooks and Goldstein (2003):
- Build Empathy: Help your child develop empathy by teaching him/her how to really consider and visualize the struggles faced by others.
- Identify a Go-To Person: Make sure your child has a close and supportive adult he/she feels comfortable confiding in.
- Listen: Ensure that your child feels like you aren’t simply hearing, but are truly tuned-in to what he/she has to say.
- Accept Children for Who They Are: Avoid pushing your child in a direction he/she doesn’t want to go; but instead, celebrate the person he/she is.