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6 Tips for Raising a Strong, Resilient and Confident Child

​Raising strong, resilient and confident children requires patience and guidance. We all want our children to overcome obstacles, persevere when problems arise, and bounce back from adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and better able to extend their reach into the world. They are able to develop skills to cope and formulate solutions to problems. Adults play a vital role in this regard!​


PROVIDE SUPPORT

When things aren’t going well, our children would need our support. However, that doesn’t mean we have to provide instant solutions to their problems. Give our children guidance and be patient when they are trying to solve their problems. This will give them the confidence to find their own solutions and strategies. It is also worthwhile to note that a certain amount of frustration can lead to positive results. Persistence is key!


MISTAKES ARE PART OF LEARNING

Young children may not understand the concept of learning from mistakes. To them, mistakes and failures can be embarrassing, which cause children to be cautious in trying and persevering. Adults should guide them through their thought processes and let them understand that it is okay to make and learn from mistakes.

Resilience is about learning from challenges and moving forward. It’s important to give our children support when they face challenges. Do not deprive them the opportunity to make mistakes and overcome them.


This article is contributed by Ms Wee Suat Kwan, who has been awarded the Outstanding Early Childhood Leader by ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development in 2016.

Watch the video below and find out more on how you can support your child in becoming strong, resilient and confident.

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