Most parents would agree that raising a child who is resilient in the face of life’s challenges is important. But how?
All children experience challenges, ranging from everyday disappointments to toxic stress and trauma. Is all stress bad? Do kids just need to “buck up” to prepare for the real world?
As parents and caregivers, we must balance protecting our children with allowing them to build distress tolerance skills. Striking this balance is easier said than done. Thankfully, research shows that resilience isn’t something kids are born with or without… it’s something that can be learned and fostered in the child’s environment.