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What Can I Do To Help Build Resilience In Kids and Teens?

Everyone can make a difference by getting involved in the lives of youth. By being a positive influence and a mentor to kids in your life, you can nurture resiliency and help kids grow up physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Be a positive influence to those around you, including your children, grandchildren, neighbors, kids at church, teens who work at the grocery store where you shop...the point is that every interaction with youth provides an opportunity for you to make a positive connection and a difference.

Make Connections

By making connections with kids, you are actually helping their brain to develop properly.

We need to help kids feel connected. They need to be listened to, invested in by mentors, encouraged, and supported by those around them. We need to build networks for kids that bring purpose. Youth need a sense of belonging and to be valued by their peers, their school and the adults in their life.

Make Connections

By making connections with kids, you are actually helping their brain to develop properly.

We need to help kids feel connected. They need to be listened to, invested in by mentors, encouraged, and supported by those around them. We need to build networks for kids that bring purpose. Youth need a sense of belonging and to be valued by their peers, their school and the adults in their life.

Nurture Positive Childhood Experiences

Positive Childhood Experiences are a big part of building resilience in kids and setting them up for a healthy future. The research into ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) is vast, but the research into PCEs (Positive Childhood Experiences) is newer. Examples of PCEs are: the child feeling safe and protected by an adult in the home, feeling like a family member stands up for them, and/or feeling like they can talk openly about their feelings with a family member. The most impactful PCEs are not experiences that can be bought. They are experiences that help kids understand that they have people they can trust even when life is uncertain or scary. 

Model and Teach Self-Care

We need to model and teach self-care. This can be as simple as establishing routines when kids are young so they get healthy foods and good night’s sleep. We need to take more breaks from stressful activities and practice activities that help us relax, like mindfulness and meditation. This is modeled by adults.

Challenge Growth

We need to challenge the growth of kids and provide opportunities for them to take safe risks. Kids need to be challenged and inspired. Their minds need to be stimulated and expanded through opportunities to serve and care about others. We need to help kids set goals and attain them.

Help Build Developmental Assets

There are 40 Developmental Assets that the Search Institute has identified that help contribute to a child's healthy development. These are factors that make it more likely that a child will be successful academically, socially, and behaviorally. By being aware of these factors, you can help build them in your own children and children around you. 

Join a Coalition!

Roots of Resilience is a collaboration between several local substance use prevention volunteer coalitions in the Northland KC area. Our efforts to build resilience and prevent substance use are ongoing. We welcome you to join us in these efforts!