Resilience, an often-heard term, is a life skill that helps us deal with stress in life. Building resilient children helps them bounce back from the difficulties in their childhood, for example, moving house, changing schools, or even coping with the loss of loved ones. Now that we know how vital resilience is, the question is, how do we build resilience in our children?
1. Guide children to Be Confident in their abilities.
As children advance to a new learning focus in their worksheets, they might feel overwhelmed, especially if they have advanced beyond their school grade level.
At this point, it is crucial to help our children believe in their ability and turn the “I can’t do this” and “I don’t know how to do this” to “I can’t do this yet” and “I don’t know how to do this yet”.
Get the children to study the examples and provide subtle hints to aid them in their understanding of the concept. Parents should help their children build their confidence with encouragement and praise to celebrate little achievements.
2. Encourage children to Stay Optimistic.
When children encounter problems solving the questions in the homework, parents should provide the necessary hints and encouragement to help the children maintain a positive mindset.
Having solved the problem on their own, praise them for a job well done to encourage them to stay optimistic when facing challenges.
- Do you know how Kumon helps children to be optimistic in the face of uncertainty?
When children first enrol in Kumon, they all start at a level where they can attain a perfect score. This help to alleviate the anxiety when treading in the figurative uncharted waters for the children.
3. Give them a chance to Develop Problem-solving Skills.
Children who can develop problem-solving skills turn out to be more resilient because they know they can come up with solutions. When your children face difficulties answering the questions, refrain from giving them the answers directly. Instead, guide them to study the examples and previous questions to help them develop the problem-solving skills to become more resilient instead of dependent.