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Managing behaviour

You might notice that: I like to see grown ups’ faces…

0-6 mths 6-12 mths

Self confidence and self awareness

You might notice that: I laugh and gurgle to tell you…

6-12 mths

Making relationships

You might notice that: I like to be with other babies…

0-6 mths

Self confidence

You might notice that: I choose the toys I want to…

3-4 yrs

Behaviour

You might notice that: I will go to a grown up…

12-18 mths

Making relationships

You might notice that: I can use noises, words, pointing or…

12-18 mths

Relationships and self confidence

You might notice that: I watch what other children are doing…

2-3 yrs

Behaviour

You might notice that: I will look worried if I hear…

18-24 mths

Self confidence and self awareness

You might notice that: I can go and play with new…

18-24 mths

Making relationships

You might notice that: I like to play next to other…

18-24 mths

Making relationships

You might notice that: I can play in a group with…

3-4 yrs

Shapes and measuring

You might notice that: I can point to shapes and patterns…

2-3 yrs

Behaviour

You might notice that: I will go to a grown up…

2-3 yrs

Personal development

You might notice that: I like to chat with my friends…

4-5 yrs

Managing behaviour

You might notice that: I know when I’m feeling sad or…

3-4 yrs

Building resilience in young children

Some children might find coping with change a bit frightening, feel…

2-3 yrs 3-4 yrs 4-5 yrs
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Building resilience in young children

Some children might find coping with change a bit frightening, feel meeting new people is scary or learning a new skill such as walking or reading is just too hard.

Stressful situations for children are different from what adults find stressful but the feelings are similar. How we cope with these situations, learn and move on from, depends on how resilient we are.

Resilience is our ‘bounce-back ability’. It’s how easy we find it to bounce back from the obstacles that life inevitably throws at us.

How can I build resilience in my child?

Loving relationships

Having safe, loving relationships makes children feel good about themselves and knowing someone is there to protect them and wipe away their tears when things go wrong, will give them the confidence to continue exploring their world.

Role model

Children learn from the adults around them. When you cope well with every day stress, you are showing your children how to do the same.

Asking for help

Letting children know its ok to ask for help will make it easier for them to ask for help in the future. You can give your child a sign to use if they find this easier than saying it.

Perseverance

Encourage your child to keep trying when they find learning a new skill difficult, “you can do it!” or “well done for trying so hard!”

Thinking games

Play thinking games with children aged three and over to support their thinking and problem-solving skills:

  • “what do you think will happen if……?”
  • “what are you saying to yourself in your head?”
  • “If you were a super hero, what would you do?”

Let their imagination go wild here. There are no right or wrong answers!

Building confidence

Build confidence by pointing out all the things you are proud of about your child, “you are so funny!”, “You are very kind and caring”, or “you try very hard”.

Resilience is something we are born with but can build on throughout our lives. Parents can boost their children’s resilience through their everyday interactions and activities.

More information about building resilience in young children is available in this ‘Building resilience in young children’ booklet which is for parents of children from birth-six years.

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