Employing Tools To Build Your Child's Resilience

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Teaching Students Positive Methods Towards Developing Emotional Intelligence In The Face of Adversity

SAN DIEGO - eTradeWire -- Although adults have learned from experience that we can't control every aspect of our lives, kids simply haven't faced those 'circle of life' lessons yet. Happily, parents can employ strategies to help children stare down life's disappointments.

At Lifetime Montessori School in Santaluz, teachers guide students with tools designed to build your child's resilience.

"As part of a child's emotional and social growth, Montessori teachers guide students to cope with life's rougher edges," Kristin Edwards, M.Ed., Director, says. "Children who have been prepared to accept that they can't always get their first choice learn how to build buffer zones towards developing inner emotional strength."

Tools That Build Emotional Maturity

In the Washington Post article entitled, 'Seven Ways to Build a Child's Resilience During the Pandemic and Long After It Ends,' by Phyllis Fagell, the following problem solving skills are taught:

Tool #1: Embrace Your Children's Passions

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When parents place a high value on their children's passions, kids build a higher sense of purpose while connecting with other like-minded peers.

"By embracing your intensity of what your children love, you're encouraging them to pursue academic, social and emotional efforts and expertise," Edwards says.

Tool #2: Stair Steps To Build Alternative Endings

Building fallback options can decrease levels of disappointment. One strategic approach: teaching children how to anticipate potentially stressful or disappointing situations by insisting they address their second best option if they don't get their first.

This methodology is  called 'STEPS'…'State, Think, Explore and Pick.' First, ask your child to state the problem. Next, think of solutions to the problem. Then, explore the pros and cons of each option. Finally, pick a solution AND a backup solution.

Tool #3: Set Goals & Celebrate Them When Achieved

Whatever the problem, it's important to tell your children 'You can do it!'  Then, let them work on the problem without your help.

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Once they get it right, they'll have proven to you and themselves that they can reach their goal. And once they demonstrate success, compliment them!

Tool #4: Talk About What You Can & Cannot Control

You cannot control life, but you can control methodologies that manage and master uncertainties easier.

Teaching adolescents proactive and positive tools that determine alternative options and outcomes can ease the disappointment of not getting their first choice.

"Using tools focused on finding adaptable and flexible second choices will build your child's resilience. Your child will develop deep, emotional strengths that will help him or her bounce back stronger if a negative event happens," Edwards concluded.

Explore Lifetime Montessori School in Santaluz at www.lifetimemontessorischool.com/free-tours

Reference: Washington Post Article (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/resilience-pandemic-kids/2021/01/25/d4037b12-5c1a-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.html).

Robert Gavin

Source: Lifetime Montessori school
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