Children as young as 1 year old have the ability to adapt quickly to their surroundings. They’re eager to see, feel and do everything by themselves. With your patience and guidance, you can help them build their Resilience at this stage by exposing them to the world and letting them experience the world. Resilience has been defined as the ability to recover from life’s obstacles and challenges, overcoming disadvantages to succeed, and withstand stress to function well in the tasks of life – all admirable traits that we would be proud to see our children display. Hence, it is very important for you to build your child’s Resilience, especially during this stage when they are curious to explore their surroundings.
What exactly do you need to do to raise your child Resilient? Find out more below:
Development of Your Child
As your child enters the two-year-old period, he or she will begin to surprise you with the development in their physical, mental and social growth. They will learn how to adapt quickly to their surroundings, actively explore and show interest in things around them.
In this period, it will be full of activities where they explore the world around them with their feet. They will actively climb around and continuously improve their language skills. They become capable of understanding and following your instructions.
They are eager to do everything independently such as wearing clothes, eating and washing hands. You will also become aware whether they are left-handed or right-handed. They may even grow bold and start playing with others independently.
At this stage, a mother’s role is crucial in helping to build her child’s Resilience. Support them during playtime. Ask them to arrange toys in categories, such as color. Let them explore and practice eating by themselves and learning the proper way to use cutlery. By letting them to do things on their own, they learn to be Self-Reliant and Perseverance.
Ensure that they spend more time outside. Take them outside to the garden or go on a day out at the zoo. Give them plenty of opportunities to walk, run, and explore the world around them freely. Encourage them to explore new thing and try new experiences despite uncertainty. With these, they learn to be Daring, Brave and Courageous to experiment with the unknown.
Encourage their involvement in board games and sports which encourage social interaction, communication, and fun. It helps them express emotions and identify various tones of voice, including body language. And this teaches children about a multitude of possible reactions. These activities increase the child’s ability to be flexible by encouraging trial of different options to creatively solve problems. In the long run, the child learns to Adapt easily to different situations.
Teach your child to recognize letters and numbers, to understand their body parts and names of familiar items around them. When it comes to correcting wrong words used, you may repeat the right words to them. Encourage them to keep trying despite mistakes until they get them right. With these, they will learn perseverance, a pillar that educates them not to give up, achieving something as a result of persistence.
Your undivided patience will be the determining factor in helping them to shape their growth. Please remember that your child is still in the adaptation process of learning how to control and express themselves.
Things to Consider
The development of each child can be different. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your doctor if your kids:
● Aren’t able to walk
● Don’t understand the functions of items that they often see
● Aren’t able to speak at least 6 words
● Can’t understand words and actions of people around them
● Can’t follow instructions easily
● Can’t remember easily skills that they just learn
Resilience traits such as Self-Reliance, Perseverance, Adaptability, Daringness and Resourcefulness prepare children to face any challenges in their future so that they can succeed in it. To learn more about Resilience, click here.