How to Empower Your Child with Critical Life Skills

How to Empower Your Child with Critical Life Skills

Are you concerned how your child copes with life? How would you like to know which skills to install in your child to cope with life?

11218840_mlAccording to an article at heraldtimesonline.com, “Coping Skills for Children”

“Resiliency is a fascinating subject of study pertinent to parenting. Children who are able to rebound from adversities are healthier psychologically and show better outcomes academically and socially, so it’s in their best interest to develop a sense of inner grit.

As a child therapist, I often wonder what sets apart the children who are able to manage and thrive in environments plagued by adversity, abuse and poverty, from those who seem to succumb to it. But, resiliency doesn’t have to mean the ability to bounce back from such extremes. Some children are just more flexible, able to pick themselves up and dust themselves off.

Resilience turns out to be a life skill, and research has shown it’s something we can cultivate in our kids. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia authored a guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on building resilience in children and teens. They’ve outlined several qualities that parents can instill in their children.

Connection
It’s not a surprise that adults who have a network of friends and family to call on in times of stress have fewer mental health issues, live longer, and have fewer chronic health diagnoses. That being said, social skills are learned, and childhood is the time for practice. By providing ample opportunities and modeling pro-social skills, your children will be on their way. The more stable, nurturing adults a child has to rely on, the better. Connections to others serves as protection for children at risk. We know that if a child has just one person who consistently offers caring, unconditional support, they can use that foundation for healthy development.

Competence
Empowering children to make their own decisions builds mastery. If your child chooses a hobby, support him or her in the endeavor; provide resources and encouragement. Children who see that they are successful in a specific area of life feel hopeful and in control. Children are likely to see that if they have skills (like reading, writing, getting along with others, problem solving) then they are more optimistic when facing a new barrier. This is also true even if the skills they excel at aren’t transferable to the task at hand.” To read the entire article click here.

Are you concerned that your child needs help with their coping skills? New Visions Coaching can help your child feel empowered to handle life’s tough issues. Contact New Visions Coaching at 775-391-0884 or visit newvisionscoaching.com.

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