Raising Resilience in Preschoolers

Preschooler girl laughing with raising resilience logo overlaid Even if your child may not officially be in “big kid school,” your preschooler is likely experiencing a lot of change. Your child might be adjusting to new routines, learning how to manage their feelings, and exploring their boundaries and independence. You can help your child build resilience by embracing the ups and downs of daily life with them, and teaching them how to cope with challenges, manage stress and make healthy choices along the way.

Starting school for the first time can be both exciting and overwhelming for kids (and their grown-ups) as they adjust to a new schedule, place and friends. While we can’t prepare our kids for everything, we can help set them up for success.

When we teach kids the words to label their feelings, we’re helping them express what they feel and need. In addition to teaching the words for feelings, kids also need help learning to manage how they feel. One way you can help your child learn to manage their feelings is by teaching them healthy coping skills.

Some preschoolers may be showing more signs of independence, while others may need more encouragement to do things on their own. Either way, all kids need help understanding boundaries and expectations. While it may be tempting to jump in and handle things for them, remember that kids learn by doing. But they need guidance along the way.

Use these resources to work on raising resilience with the children in your life.

Call or text 988 if you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide, self-harm or any mental health crisis. You can also chat or text for support by downloading the MyGCAL app in the App Store. Any thoughts of suicide should be taken seriously.