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Reaching out for support

Reaching out for help is part of building resilience.

Sometimes it is hard to ask for help because we think it makes us look weak or incompetent.  The truth is asking for help is a sign of strength.  By reaching out to others, we teach our children that everyone needs help sometimes.  And you are giving the helper an opportunity to experience the good feelings that come from helping someone else.

There are many ways to get through the tough times.  One way is to ask for support from family, friends and people who share your religious or spiritual beliefs.

Another important way to handle hard times is to reach out to services in your community that help families with young children.  These services can help you learn to reduce stress, handle your children’s challenging behaviours, or support their special needs.

Building a network of people that you can count on is very important.  And it helps build your resilience at the same time.

Read more on teaching children how to reach out and supports available for you .  

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