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'We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life.  With resilience, you'll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and more joy.'   



What is resilience?


Resilience is the ability to cope when things go wrong.


Resilience can also be described as:

  • Bouncing back after difficult times
  • Dealing with challenges and still holding your head up
  • Giving things a go or trying your best
  • Being strong on the inside
  • Being able to cope with what life throws at you and shrug it off
  • Standing up for yourself
  • Getting back into shape after you have been bent or stretched


What helps develop resilience?

Some things that can help develop resilience are:

  • Having a positive attitude
  • Having good friends
  • Feeling good about yourself
  • Feeling like you belong
  • Having a supportive family
  • Helping others or 'giving back'
  • Being able to solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Good communication with the people around you


How to help your child build resilience:

  • Encourage positive thoughts
  • Encourage your child to keep trying and not give up easily
  • Encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling and why they think they are feeling like that
  • Show your child they can learn from their mistakes
  • Encourage your child to work towards their goals, however ambitious
  • Encourage your child to look for the positives in a situation
  • Support your child to accept that change happens all the time
  • Help your child accept that negative things can happen
  • Work with your child to improve their problem solving skills
  • Help your child find things that help them feel calm
  • Support your child to ask for help when they need it