Everybody’s life has ups and downs
Adults sometimes look back on their childhood
as a time when they were happy, but life’s ups and downs are a part of
childhood too. Children need to build
resilience skills to be able to both enjoy good times and deal with hard
times. Helping children learn how to
manage life’s ups and downs and build their coping skills supports their mental
health and wellbeing now and into the future.
Feeling good protects mental health and wellbeing.
Did you know that experiencing positive
emotions such as joy, pleasure and having fun are essential experiences for
building and maintaining a healthy mind across our whole lives?
Skills and qualities that help children cope
with life’s ups and downs
- Trust – that the world is safe and that there
are caring people to help them
– in their ability to do things for
themselves and achieve their goals
good – about themselves and feeling valued for
who they are by their parents and carers
– that things generally turn out well
– ability to manage their feelings, thoughts
Children develop these skills and qualities and
learn to keep a balance over time, initially through their experiences in
coping with small stresses with help from supportive adults. When bigger stresses come along, even though
at first they might feel quite distressed, children can draw on what they have
learned about helping themselves to cope and feel better. Looking to others for support continues to be
an effective way of coping.
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