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Lessons on how to raise resilient kids

How do your kids respond to stressful events?

It's important for parents to inculcate resilient traits within their children and form connections with them from a young age.

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficult situations, explains counselling psychologist Ashleigh Yaman.

Yaman says a child is exposed to various risk factors from as early as the womb. All of which require resilience.

Risk factors such as exposure to alcohol and drugs, birth defects, chronic sickness, abandonment, bullying and more.

She says the characteristics of resilient children include a healthy self-esteem, intelligence, strong self-concept, and the ability to self-regulate.

According to Yaman, parents who are more connected with their children are able to equip them with the tools they need to bounce back.

Resilience is the tendency to bounce back after a stressful situation.

Ashleigh Yaman, Counselling Psychologist

There are both individual and external risk factors that play a role in our fostering of resilience as we develop.

Ashleigh Yaman, Counselling Psychologist

Connection [is] the window through which we come to understand our children and what they need in any specific moment.

Ashleigh Yaman, Counselling Psychologist

Yaman shared her expert advice and answered questions from callers.

Listen to the discussion on The Family Matters feature with Eusebius McKaiser:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Lessons on how to raise resilient kids


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