Preventing trauma isn’t a one-time occurrence
How do you build resilience? You want to help your children master certain behaviors, thoughts and actions over time that make them feel safe, in control and optimistic. The American Psychological Association offers ten helpful tips for building resilience in children, with specific information about elementary, middle and high school aged kids, which you can access by clicking here.
Like most things associated with good parenting, it requires consistent, ongoing efforts to help children deal with the stressors they face every day. You want to give your children the ability to deal with difficult, unpredictable and frightening experiences when they happen. This is called building resilience.