Strength in Trying Times for Teens
Try as we might to protect our kids, setbacks are an inevitable part of life. They face day-to-day challenges like arguments with friends, not doing well on a test, maybe a hard video game.
There are also more serious life challenges they may encounter like the passing on of family, coping with learning disabilities or the isolation brought about by the pandemic. In these uncertain times, children are more vulnerable. How do we help them? What spells the difference between them being able to thrive and succumbing to these stressors?
Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from challenges and mistakes. It is also being able to accept and adapt to circumstances that we cannot change. This is crucial for any individual to navigate the ups and downs of life and make it out well each time.
This attitude also plays a defining role in motivation and productivity. Resilient kids see stumbles as learning opportunities and are more likely to persist. Because they are confident in their ability to recover from failure, they may be open to engaging in new experiences and knowledge, with some awareness on how these contribute towards their self-improvement.
Sources: Photo by Pixabay on Pexels Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/development/social-emotional-development/resilience-in-teens
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