Children need to learn how to handle disappointment, failure and even losing. The extent to which children learn how to “bounce back” early in life, the more successful they will be later in life because they’ve developed these necessary skills.
Disappointment and failure is inevitable at some point in one’s life. That’s why it’s so important that we teach our children how to handle these situations so they can bounce back with ease. Resilience is the ability to be successful after something bad happens. Many people can be successful without experiencing failure or rejection but only those who learn resilience can be successful after, or in spite of, failure or rejection.
Teach your child resilience
Let them know about Plan B.
- Show your child that all is not lost because the original plan (Plan A) did not work out. Brainstorm with your child on alternative plans and different options that could have just as good, if not a better, outcome. Let them know there is always more than one option than what they originally thought.
- Teach your child how to problem-solve so that they develop the skills to figure out problems on their own. Discuss solutions and explain how you were able to identify them. The ability to problem-solve builds self-confidence and competency to handle the next disappointment with ease.
- Instill self-esteem in your child by praising them for who they are and what they believe. When a person has a high self-worth or a high value of one’s self, they won’t take things personally when things go wrong. They will know that failure doesn’t diminish their value or worth as an individual and they will have the strength to try again soon.
- Sometimes giving a hug or lending a listening ear helps to break the fall. Feeling the love and support of another person, after failure or rejection, imparts strength and preserves dignity which helps the child bounce back from failure.
Would You Still Love Me If… teaches a young child resilience, as he grows from a young boy to adulthood, through the power of his mother’s love, support, and encouragement. This award-winning children’s picture book is sure to inspire the young and old by showing them that all things are possible when they believe in themselves.