Resilience is known as the ability to adapt to hard and challenging events that can occur in someone’s life.
Most of the time, resilience is learned from everyday experiences that someone goes through.
As a parent, you know how the world is constantly changing. Even from when you were growing up to now, when your children are growing up, the world has changed drastically.
Your parents helped teach you how to overcome things, and you want the same for your children. You want to make sure your child has everything they need to get through any challenges that life throws their way.
This is how you can build resilience in your children in today’s digital world.
Even in today’s digital world, you can still work with your child and encourage them to set goals for themselves. Teach your children about setting SMART goals. Make sure they know that each goal they set should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Sensitive. Establishing goals will help children focus their efforts on a specific task and work towards completing it.
Your children will pick up on a lot of your actions and behaviors. Make sure you’re conscious of the choices you making and how you’re speaking to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a little grace. Being a parent isn’t easy. You don’t have to be perfect. Making mistakes from time to time is perfectly acceptable, and you should allow your children to see that side of you as well. Remaining calm and positive, even in challenging or frustrating times, can teach your children that it’s okay and will be okay when they make mistakes. Use it as a life lesson to help them figure out solutions and grow and be better moving forward.
Taking care of yourself and your children starts from within. Make sure that your children know how important it is to take care of their overall mental health and wellness. This means fueling their body properly with healthy and well-balanced meals during the day. Self-care also includes drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and having fun on your own terms.
Get Outside and Be Active
Encourage your child to move their body as well. In the past, children used to love playing outside. With the invention of new and updated technology, a lot of children may want to stay inside to watch a new show or play a new game. Try to encourage them to get outside and move their body instead of staring at a screen all day. Get them signed up for one of their favorite activities or hobbies.
Set a Schedule
Following a sleep schedule and routine can be a lifesaver, especially in the digital world we live in today. Make sure your children aren’t staying up late playing video games, watching TV, or scrolling through social media. Try to have them go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time each morning.
Find other ways for your children to connect with others besides texting or chatting online through a video game. Encourage them to hang out with classmates from school or from children around the same age in your neighborhood. Connection is a huge part of communication and building other great lifelong skills. Connecting with others can improve their social and listening skills and also help them become more empathetic.
The world is constantly changing. Whether you’re a fan of the digital world or not, it’s not going away anytime soon. You can work with your child to help them develop the important skill of resiliency. If you need a little extra help or support, reach out to us today to set up a consultation for teen therapy.