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Helping Children Learn to Cope with Life's Ups and Downs

Everyone faces struggles and ups and downs in life.
Something called "resiliency" helps us cope.


  • is the ability to handle life's ups and downs in positive ways
  • gives us the ability to bounce back from life's challenges
  • helps us keep going even when we feel like giving up
  • is a skill we keep learning and building throughout life
  • allows us to survive difficulties and grow from themGrandparents
  • is an important part of good mental health

"Resilient" people tend to:

  • have happier relationships
  • experience less depression
  • be more successful in school and jobs
  • live healthier and longer lives

As a parent or guardian there are many things you can do to support resiliency in your children as they grow:

  • help them deal with their emotions and talk about their feelings
  • maintain a positive relationship with them
  • provide a safe and caring environment
  • help them to face and solve their problems
  • arrange regular "family time" and time outdoors in nature
  • encourage free play and creative activities
  • learn their signs of stress and teach them healthy ways to cope (for example, deep breathing and physical activity)

You can teach your children how to cope in healthy ways by setting a good example.

  • take care of yourself
  • try to manage your own stress
  • model healthy relationships

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