What is Resilience?
Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. Research shows that if parents provide a safe environment for their children and teach them how to be resilient, that helps reduce the effects of ACEs.
Resilience trumps ACES!
Parents, teachers and caregivers can help children by:
- Gaining an understanding of ACEs
- Helping children identify feelings and manage emotions
- Creating safe physical and emotional environments at home, in school, and in neighborhoods
What does resilience look like?
- Having resilient parents. Parents who know how to solve problems, who have healthy relationships with other adults, and who build healthy relationships with their children.
- Building attachment and nurturing relationships. Adults who listen and respond patiently to a child in a supportive way and pay attention to a child’s physical and emotional needs.
- Building social connections. Having family, friends and/or neighbors who support, help, and listen to children.
- Learning about parenting and how children grow. Understanding how parents can help their children grow in a healthy way, and what to expect from children as they grow.
- Building social and emotional skills. Helping children interact in a healthy way with others, manage their emotions and communicate their feelings and needs.