Resilience at Downsview
When we teach our core value Resilience; we will explore the different ways we need to keep healthy in order to be more resilient.
We tend to idealise childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked/expected to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom or school to bullying or conflict with their peers or even parents/families splitting. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.
The good news is that resilience skills can be learned, especially when you take care of your mind, body and spirit. Taking care of yourself better equips you to cope effectively with challenges in your life.
Having the ability to adapt well to adversity, can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that our children won't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we personally suffer major trauma or personal loss or we hear about someone else's problems.
Over the course of the half term, we will use stories and scenarios to dig deeper into our emotions in order to build on our skills of resilience.