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Early Child Development - Resiliency

What is resiliency? When children show healthy development in spite of adversity or hard times, it is called resilience.1 Resiliency is a combination of skills and positive characteristics that we gain from our life experiences and relationships. These skills help us solve problems, cope with challenges and bounce back from disappointments. We work on our ability to be resilient throughout our lives starting in infancy.2

As a parent or caregiver you may wonder how you can protect children against stressors or hardships. The fact is children do have stress in their lives that we can’t always protect them against.


Sources of stress or adversity in children:

  • Disappointments: not making a sports team, failing a test, moving away from friends
  • Bullying
  • Mental or physical illness
  • Family breakdown
  • Being abused or seeing violence

You can help prepare children with the skills needed to thrive through difficult times. Find 10 ways to help children learn skills needed to cope with challenges and bounce back from disappointments.

Date of creation: December 9, 2014
Last modified on: November 11, 2016

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