Promoting Children’s Resilience: What you need to know!

In these extraordinary times I have noticed that there has been increased interest in this article, written some years ago, but still containing relevant information. What I would add is the role of CARE, which extends what I refer to in this article as aspects of parenting and caregiving that foster resilience (Accessibility, Sensitive Responsiveness, Affective Attunement). If you have been a recent visitor to this site you will have seen that I have been releasing resources about how to implement CARE in support of children’s wellbeing and adjustment in these difficult times. I hope you find the right information for your circumstances on this site and am happy to receive suggestions in the comments section about any topics you would like me to cover.

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Attachment and Resilience

On a sunny autumn day David, who was four years of age, travelled with his parents to a local park for a picnic. Upon their arrival, David and his parents observed a scene replete with the recreational delights of lush grass, shady trees, warm open spaces and . . . . .  an adventure playground. What happened next provides an insight into how David is likely to cope with adversity, and recover from it, throughout his life.  In short, what happened next provides an insight into David’s resilience.

Adversity is a feature of the life of every child. It is present when a child is learning a new skill, on their first day of school, when they are negotiating conflicts and when their ambition exceeds their ability. Some children demonstrate persistence in the face of adverse conditions, whereas others shy away from adversity. Those who persist in their endeavours…

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About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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