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Parental Resilience: A Tale of How Connections Matter

Posted: December 13, 2018

We hope by now, you've met The Johnsons from the first chapter of this series. If you haven't, read Chapter One (Social Connections) here.

This [ficticious] family is like any other. They experience all the ups and downs that life can bring. And, like any other family, unforeseen problems will inevitably arise.

Throughout this series, The Johnsons encounter difficult situations, but the protective factors will come into play, offering solutions or a buffer. The protective factors, when present in families and communities, help families tackle issues by strengthening the family and the community around them. 

The five protective factors include:

  • Social Connections
  • Parental Resilience
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support
  • Social & Emotional Competence 

This week, we bring you a story about why Parental Resilience is important to families. 

Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well an occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things are not going well. Multiple life stressors, such as a family history of abuse or neglect, health problems, marital conflict, or domestic or community violence—and financial stressors such as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness—may reduce a parent's capacity to cope effectively with the typical day-to-day stresses of raising children.

 

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