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Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development: A tale of how connections matter

Posted: December 21, 2018

We hope by now, you've met The Johnsons from the first two chapters of this series. If you haven't, read Chapter One (Social Connections), Chapter Two (Parental Resilience), and Chapter Three (Concrete Supports). 

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 Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development is important to families. 

There is extensive research linking healthy child development to effective parenting. Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence. Successful parenting fosters psychological adjustment, helps children succeed in school, encourages curiosity about the world, and motivates children to achieve.



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