About Resilience

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?
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Building social connections.  Having family, friends and/or neighbors who support, help, and listen to children.
  4. 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.
  5. Building social and emotional skills.  Helping children interact in a healthy way with others, manage their emotions and communicate their feelings and needs.