What is "resilience"?
"Resilience" is the ability to "bounce back" from difficult situations and to make healthier choices when coping with life's challenges.
Research shows that resilient youth are less likely to have problems related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, gang participation, gambling, gaming or other potentially harmful behaviours.
How can you help your teen make good decisions?
The teenage years can be challenging, both for teens and for their parents. After all, this is a time filled with physical, emotional and social changes.
When you as parents support your teenager's belief in their own worth, you can help them to cope with life's challenges, to learn from their mistakes and build "resilience."
How can you help your teen stay on track?
You can play an important role in helping your teen to cope in positive ways including healthy eating, being physically active and getting enough sleep. It all starts with keeping the lines of communication open so your teen knows what is expected.
If you think your teen is having problems, let them know you are on their side and that you want to support them.
Comments from Teens
"I feel much better about my day if my mom gives me a smile when I leave the house."
"It really means a lot to me when my dad comes out to see me in the school play."
"Maybe I should have outgrown this by now, but I still like spending time with my family."
"I make big mistakes, not little ones. When I do, I need my parents to help me learn from my mistakes, not judge or punish me."