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Building Resilience

The power to cope with adversity

  • Understanding Resilience
  • What promotes Resilience

It can be understood at four levels the individual, the families, the school and the caregiving system, and the larger community.

Important qualities of resilience were identified in studies of older children who grew up with the stressor of a depressed parent and yet managed to do well.

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Understanding Resilience

At the individual level, these children were able to

  • Engage in age appropriate activities, such as going to school or participating in community or religious activities.
  • Relate to others including parents, siblings, other family members, peers, other community members.
  • Understanding their family life in particular. The fact their parents were depressed and they were not to blame. That knowing that their parents had an illness, that it had s name, helped them go on with their lives.

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At the Parenting Level

Despite the challenges they may be facing many parents remain deeply committed to parenting commonly saying things such as, " I will do what I need to do to take care of my child, even if I cannot do anything else.

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What Promotes Resilience?

It's I'mportant to recognize resilience in children, in parents, and in oneself as a professional and to understand which system in the community promotes Resilience. It can be recognized and fostered at these four levels.

  • For the individual
  • For families
  • At the caregiving level
  • At the community level

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“Sometimes carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

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“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”

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For the Individual Child
  • Supporting a child capacity to learn, to relate to others, to use imagination and to see themselves as part of a community.
  • Developing a child's awareness and regulation of his own feelings, as well as skills and strategies for letting others know how they feel.
  • Encouraging childrens relationship with peers, caregivers, and parents.

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For the Families
  1. Understanding the many cultural variations and different ways families can show strength and resilience is one of the great challenges and one the great opportunities.
  2. Encouraging parents in their efforts to be more effective by having regular routinesfor their children.
  3. Engaging in more positive parent- child interactions.

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"What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment"

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  • Understanding what exist and what is missing.
  • Sharing knowledge and experience with families to find the right resources is an essential step to better parent outreach.
  • Understanding the adversity and resilience in the families they work with can help the teachers to be a resource to families.

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Encouraging Social Skills

Teaching children how to make friends and reaching out to your own friends can help your child see what it means to be friendly and learn to get along with others.

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Making time for healthy eating habits, excerise, and rest supports parents efforts to feel strong and teaches a child good habits to last through out his lifetime.

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Building a consistent, loving bond by showing affection and responding to a child's needs can help her feel secure abd support the parents effectiveness.

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" Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving we get stronger and more resilient"

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