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Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool

Parenting is hard work. Even with the best resource available, meeting the needs of family members in today’s fast-paced society is difficult. The daily stress of making ends meet can take a toll on all family members, including children. The APA Public Interest Directorate Socioeconomic Status Office has created this tip tool for parents who want to build their children’s resilience.

While it may be difficult to change circumstances such as housing, employment and transportation, there are things parents can do to reduce the effects of stress and to help their children develop resilience. Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change. It is important because it allows us to overcome negative experiences, and it is an ability that, when supported appropriately, develops throughout childhood.


 Developing Resistance 

Warm and nurturing relationships between children and the adults in their lives are the most important factor in developing resilience and overcoming potential negative effects of daily stress. Parents have the power to make an enormous difference in the outcomes of their children’s development. Child development research has become more sophisticated and provides more in-depth evidence of when, where and how parents can protect their children from environmental stressors impacting their lives and development. This guide is organized according to children’s environments, where parents might have greater opportunities to help them build resilience.

Think of other ways to adopt resiliency practices in your child’s daily experience. Pass it on — share your experiences with others, on social media and with us. Email the Socioeconomic Status Office or tweet #resiliencebooster.

For more information and to see the full article please click the following link: APA.org

This article is adapted from http://www.apa.org/topics/parenting/resilience-tip-tool.aspx