How parents can help kids build resilience in uncertain times
By Katy Bowman
Learning how to bounce back from difficulties and challenges is an important part of every child’s socio-emotional development. At a time when people all over the world are experiencing uncertainty and disappointment, there are lots of opportunities to help kids strengthen their coping skills and build resilience they can use throughout their lives.
“Now more than ever, it’s so important for people — not just kids, but all of us — to develop tools so we can cope with crises and challenges,” said Michelle Muratori, Ph.D., a senior counselor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
In the recent CTY webinar “Using Positive Psychology to Foster Resilience in High-Ability Students,” Muratori discusses the tenets of positive psychology — which focuses on themes like happiness, gratitude, compassion, and well-being that enable individuals and communities to thrive — and how it can help high-ability students cope with setbacks. She also offers strategies for building self-awareness, self-regulation, making connections, and more.
“In the future, when you look back on this time, how would you like to think about it, and how you responded to it?” Muratori said. “If kids know that they survived something and that they had it within them to grow from it, that is a powerful thing.”
CTY’s Wellness Initiative was established with a generous gift from a CTY parent in memory of her son, who tragically died by suicide in his early twenties. To honor him, CTY leadership decided to use the gift as a first step toward increasing understanding of the emotional health of our students and their sources of mental stress.