Use Humour To Build Resilience

There are many ways that parents can help build resilience in their children but let's not get too serious about it! If your kids are having meltdowns and you're stuck with ways to help them bounce back, give humour a try. At least you'll be laughing when the proverbial hits the fan. 

1. Embrace their weirdness: Let your kids be themselves, even if they have some quirks that seem a little odd. After all, it's those unique qualities that make them so lovable and entertaining!

2. Encourage them to laugh at themselves: Teach your kids to not take themselves too seriously, and to be able to laugh at their own mistakes. It's a great way to cope with stress and adversity!

3. Build their "dad jokes" repertoire: Every resilient child needs a good sense of humor, and what's funnier than some classic dad jokes? Encourage your kids to practice their puns and one-liners, and they'll be ready to take on any tough situation with a smile.

4. Play with them: Engage in some good old-fashioned playtime with your kids! Whether it's board games, sports, or imaginative play, having fun together is a great way to build resilience and bond as a family.

5. Emphasize the importance of rest and relaxation: Let's face it, we all get a little cranky when we're tired. Encourage your kids to slow down and get plenty of rest, so they'll have the energy they need to bounce back from any challenge.

6. Celebrate small victories: Whether it's acing a spelling test or learning to tie their shoes, celebrate every small victory with your kids! It's a great way to build confidence and resilience, and to show your kids that every little win is worth celebrating.

Remember, building resilience is an ongoing process. By providing your children with a supportive and nurturing environment, you can help them to develop the skills they need to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.

For ideas and activities to build resilience with your kids, grab a copy of My Amazing Brain, the brain-based activity book for kids and their parents.

Victoria Jenkins is the brain-based educator at Brain Essentials. She is an author, presenter, primary educator and brain-based specialist who creates resources for busy parents. These include My Amazing Brain, The Calm Collection, Inspirational Art Prints and online and in-person parenting events.