SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On this Life, Life, Well, we're looking at ways you can help your child be better prepared for life's challenges.
As you watch your child graduating from pre-school or high school, remember you're training them to live in an adult world. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baker sees many children struggling with what she calls their resilience muscle. So, they may think; this project is too hard. I can't do it. Your job is helping them change their thinking to; I didn't get it right this time. But, if I keep trying, I can get better.
"We need to help think about what are our young people telling themselves? How are they seeing the world? Is it something they see acting on them... ? Or, are they acting on the world,?" said Dr. Jennifer Baker:
One thing parents can do is encourage kids to stick with something. If they decide to try a sport. Don't let them quit two weeks later because practice is hard. You might give them an incentive by saying; we'll do a fun thing after you finish practice.
Also, avoid control and rescue situations. For example, if they have a couple of extra dollars and want to spend it on something you know is worthless, let them spend the money. That way they can learn to make better decisions on their own.