The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has been doing fascinating research on resilience documenting the significance of a supportive relationship with a committed parent, caregiver or adult in the community. These relationships buffer children from developmental disruption and help them build key capacities, such as the ability to adapt, that enable them to respond to adversity and thrive. The combination of supportive relationships, adaptive skill-building, and positive experiences constitute the foundation of what is commonly called resilience. The bottom line is that kids can develop resiliency to mitigate the risks of early adverse experiences.
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