Tolerating your Child's Discomfort to Build Coping Skills

“Dr. Stephanie O’Leary, a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and the author of Parenting in the Real World, said that parents need to “Remember that one of the hardest but most important parts of parenting is to tolerate your child’s temporary discomfort knowing that it’s the only way to build the coping skills necessary to succeed in the real world where no one will be running interference for your child.” “

Additionally, “Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, expressed a similar sentiment in an article for Psychology Today: “When we help young people cultivate an approach to life that views obstacles as a critical part of success, we help them develop resilience.”

Personally, at only 4 years old my daughter was dealing with some very uncomfortable social interactions in her school setting. The struggle for me was how much do I “step-in” and how much do I allow her to deal with on her own, with my support of course?

How do you help children build resilience?