How do you help your child be resilient?

Researcher Dr. Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University has outlined the nine things that all children and teens need to be resilient and the strategies to help them grow.

  1. Structure
  2. Consequences
  3. Parent-child connections
  4. Lots and lots of strong relationships
  5. A powerful identity
  6. Sense of control
  7. Sense of belonging
  8. Fair and just treatment
  9. Physical and psychological safety

Each of the “Nine Things” is outlined and accompanied by “practical things caregivers can do.” The clearly outlined information can be applied to children and teens.

Read the full list in Dr. Unger’s PDF.

Author:  Dr. Michael Unger, Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he is the Canadian Research Chair of Child, Family and Community Resilience at the Resilience Research Centre.