How To Develop an Emotionally Resilient Child From Birth To Adulthood
By: ShaElla Askew, NSFA Communications Manager
Do you know someone who relies on others to solve their problems? This can be the person that calls you to ask questions to help handle how they feel, such as:
· What outfit should I wear?
· Should I break up with him?
· Am I being needy?
· I was late for work and received a written warning. I am freaking out! What do you think I should do?
· How should I feel about being blocked by Sarah?
These could be signs that an adult was never equipped with the proper tools to be emotionally resilient as a child.
Childhood is a time when children first begin to develop emotional intelligence. They learn to find solutions to problems and manage their feelings through trial and error. These early years provide opportunities for parents to model positive emotional behaviors, allowing their children to learn the basics of self-awareness.
One of the biggest complaints in the social world is that people do not know how to communicate or self-regulate their life.
Mental health in America has gained more awareness over the last decade. This is a great accomplishment because more adults address childhood traumas and fill emotional gaps than in years past. Now, how do we help our children become more resilient?
On September 19, 2022, Tiffany Storey, MS, LPC, NCC, of Storeyhouse Counseling & Consulting LLC, was the guest presenter at New Schools for
Alabama’s Parent Voice Lead & Learn Session on “Developing a Resilient Child.” This lecture covered many topics such as:
Self-Awareness: Self-awareness is the ability to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts.
Self-Management: Self-management is the ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
Social Awareness: Social awareness is the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts.
Relationship Skills: Relationship skills are the ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups effectively.
Which of these topics can help you and your family the most? Are you developing an emotionally resilient child?
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For more on Tiffany’s presentation, feel free to download highlights of her presentation here.