GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - One of the most important qualities a person can have is resilience, the ability to stay strong through life’s ups and downs and bounce back after major difficulties.

Parents have a powerful influence on a child’s development of resilience, and experiences in the earliest months are especially important. So, what helps children build resilience? And, what major factors may hinder parents from providing those key experiences?

Developmental Psychologist Marti Erickson, host of “Mom Enough,” a weekly podcast, shares some important tips with KARE 11 viewers.

How to foster resilience In children:

  • Sensitive, responsive care builds trust and security
  • Trust & security shape the stress response system
  • A secure attachment is a buffer against toxic stress