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An Exercise for Building Resilience During Stressful Times: Focus on Strengths

An Exercise for Building Resilience During Stressful Times: Focus on Strengths

Most people would agree that the past several months have been … well, challenging (and that’s putting it mildly).

In times of disruption and unpredictability, it can be difficult for parents to see their own strengths. Upset schedules, constant family time, new ways of working, and fewer ways of playing make life feel more stressful than usual—and parents may feel unequipped to handle it all.

Your “Resilience Muscle”: Why It’s Critical, Especially Now, and How to Build It

Your “Resilience Muscle”: Why It’s Critical, Especially Now, and How to Build It

The past several months have served as a prime example of challenging times. Within a few short weeks, parents went from busy and connected to long, unscheduled days, socially distanced from friends and family (and surrounded 24/7 by their kids).

For lots of people, this change has been stressful.

Eventually, the pandemic will be over, but even that will be a transition … maybe even a stressful one.

Asking for Help: It Makes You (and Your Family) Stronger

Asking for Help: It Makes You (and Your Family) Stronger

Imagine that you’re in a public restroom, and when you’re done using the toilet, you realize there isn’t any toilet paper. From inside the stall, you can hear two people chatting and washing their hands at the sink.

Do you ask for help?

If not, you’re not alone. Asking for help, even in this simple, very human situation, can be hard.

Handling It: Know What to Expect and How to Parent for It—So Your Kids Can Thrive

Handling It: Know What to Expect and How to Parent for It—So Your Kids Can Thrive

In our last column, we focused on social and emotional competence of children—how children feel about themselves and their place in the world. It’s one of five Protective Factors outlined in the Strengthening Families™ Framework (the others are parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, and knowledge of parenting and child development).

As the school year hits its stride and we welcome the official start of the holiday season, we become busier. The fall months provide a great opportunity to focus on knowledge of parenting and child development.