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Resiliency: What it is and how to build it

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Abigail Clark

I have worked in childcare at the WCA for nearly two years, and through my time have gotten the opportunity to work with some of the most thoughtful, creative, intelligent, funny and strong youth I have ever met. The joy these children are willing to share highlights one of the greatest skills I see commonly in our children: resilience. Resiliency is the ability to cope with and recover from hardships in life, and shows up in many ways every day in childcare, whether it be getting up from a fall and continuing to climb, rejoining a game of tag after feeling angry or rebuilding a tower after it falls.

While many children have a natural tendency towards resiliency, this may not be the case for all, and that is okay!  Resiliency is a trait that can be built and expanded. Child psychologist, Linda Chamberlain identifies the three main components of resiliency as confidence (belief in oneself), competence (recognition of skills had) and contribution (sharing one’s gifts with others). These are traits that already exist within children, they might just need some extra encouragement to feel and express them.  

Help promote resiliency in the children in your life by sharing when you notice them problem-solving or using coping skills, verbally acknowledging and praising talents, asking children to explain how or why they did what they did and inviting them to help or participate in activities with you. These practices will not only help encourage resiliency in the children around you, but they will also help build your own! Playing with and encouraging children helps connect adults to their inner child and reflect on the growth experienced, who their formative figures were and how perceptions have changed since childhood.  All of this reflection can help build confidence and competence while contributing to the well-being of our future generations.

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2021

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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Oct 01

2021

DVAM Press Conference & Community Kick-off Event

More information coming soon. Contact outreach@wcaboise.org for more information.

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Oct 03

2021

2021 SueB 5K 10K

                2021 SueB 5K/10K 2021 marks the 12th annual SueB 5K 10K and continues to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby. As a virtual event so we can support survivors and victims of domestic violence both locally and globally. The event will kick off on October 3, […]

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Oct 13

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

October 13, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Oct 15

2021

Lunch & Learn with Bre 10.15.21

Our lunch and learn sessions are an opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve. Our Philanthropy Specialist, Bre, will share an overview of our services, the clients we serve, and our current needs. Bring your lunch and any questions you might have to this monthly virtual chat with Bre.

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Oct 20

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

October 20, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 04

2021

Virtual Talk to Your Teen Presentation

November 4, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 10

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

November 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 17

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

November 17, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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