Teaching children to cope.

The National Center for Victims of Crime defines resilience as:

(The power to cope with adversity and adapt to challenges or change. )

It is a process of drawing on beliefs, behaviors, skills, and attitudes to move beyond stress, trauma, or tragedy. Although naturally stronger in some personalities, it can also be learned.

It can also be learned- That to me is the key to teaching children how to protect themselves from harm, and how to become over comers in life. All too often, I see children who are so overwhelmed with minor incidents in their daily routine. The focus they put on the negative overwhelms them and they become unresponsive. Resilience is a necessity for children to have in order to handle challenges and obstacles that could otherwise paralyze them.

Teaching children the necessary skills to become resilient people starts with instilling character traits in them as they grow and mature. As educators and parents, we have the opportunity to bring lessons into our children’s lives. Teaching them about those who have overcome many obstacles is a start. With world disasters, war and other traumatic incidents happening in this day and age, we must teach our children how to become strong resilient individuals.

Resilient people have a range of strengths such as optimism, self-knowledge, personal meaning, and the ability to foster relationships and care for themselves and others. By mobilizing these powers, they confront life’s obstacles and emerge with greater wisdom, flexibility, and strength. Resilience, and its development in victims, is key to effective prevention of child sexual abuse (2004).

The National Center for Victims of Crime. (2004). What is resilience? Virginia Resilience Project Post 9-11. Retrieved from http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbID=DB_whatisresilience546

 

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