“Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, whether it’s something big or small,” says Hugh Van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project. “The ability to cope when unexpected things happen will, to a large extent, dictate a child’s wellbeing and happiness.”
For a child, those tough times might mean anything1 from moving home, changing schools, studying for an exam, a traumatic experience or dealing with the death of a loved one.
But, while it’s tempting to try to protect kids, it’s important to let them deal with the challenges that come their way. “One of the ways that we can support the development of a resilient child is to stop wrapping them in bubble wrap and making sure nothing goes wrong for them,” says Hugh. “Let them stuff up, let them make mistakes and let them fail. Adversity breeds resilience.”