The Strengthening Families approach (based on research for family resiliency) has recognized 5 protective factors in supporting families.
1. Parent Resilience
Learning to handle stress, seeking support in creative problem solving, keeping a positive attitude will help parents to better cope with problems.
2. Knowledge of parenting & child development
Take a class, read some books/articles, talk to parents whose parenting skills you admire. The more you know about appropriate age expectations the more you build positive relationships with your kids.
3. Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Support your children to name and handle all emotions, model how to appropriately deal with all feelings.
4. Social Connections
Make friends and ask for help when needed. Join social groups and enjoy time together. Isolation can lead to abuse and neglect. Stay involved with people you admire and find fun.
5. Concrete support in times of need
Support needs to be in place when families are struggling. Parents needs to be able to reach out to caring individuals and organizations when troubles are overwhelming. It is not about judgement but about helping.
The State of Alaska has given us posters that highlight the protective factors. Please let us know if you would like a copy for your agency.