Teaching Your Child Resilience
Resilience is not an inherent human trait and can be built through experiences. Here are a few things by Helene Goldnadel that you can teach your child to develop resilience in them:
Decision Making and Problem Solving: Problems arise and decisions need to be made at every stage of our lives, no matter what the age. With a nimble mind, a child is more open and receptive to grasping these concepts and learning the skills. When the child is faced with a problem and needs to make a decision, encourage them by helping, supporting and guiding them to find a solution instead of providing them with a ready fix. This will also create a sense of confidence in the child.
Discipline: It is normal for children to make mistakes, even when they try their best not to. In these situations, try to focus on teaching rather than punishing them. Encourage your child to see the learning they got from the mistake and nudge them to understand a better way of doing the same thing. Teach them the appropriate actions of apologizing when wrong. Discipline can be instilled in a compassionate way and avoid denigrating the child for their mistakes.
Self-Worth: This trait can be instilled in a child by constantly appreciating them for their good work and by re-affirming to them each time that they are doing their best they can. Self-worth is very important in times of distress and the ability to draw on the strength from within will equip your child to be resilient in face of challenges.
Healthy Competition: Applaud your child on their success but also teach them perseverance in times when they do not succeed. Encourage them to be participants and teach them that each child is good at something (they might not be the same things). Encourage them to do their best and teach them to appreciate the efforts of their peers thus instilling a sense of healthy competition.
You can choose a number of multi-sensory reading programs that teaches phonemic awareness, phonics strategies and other skills for reading and spelling. While developing auditory processing skills, students of all ages learn how simply the English language code actually works. At the same time, the parent learns how to support the child's new skills at home. At-home practice applies the new auditory processing and phonics skills, so your child will gain confidence and be able to read at his or her grade level.
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