Strong Families, Happy KidsParenting Tips from Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
During the holiday season, our schedules ramp up. With everything from holiday parties to Christmas concerts and gift shopping (and wrapping!) to community events, it’s hard to find a moment of peace—especially if you have children.
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.
It’s that time of year: summer break is coming to an end and kids are going back to school. No matter how ready parents and children think they are, the transition from carefree, unstructured summer days back to scheduled school hours can be a bit jarring.
Did you know that there are five major strengths that predict your family’s ability to raise happy kids and thrive? The Strengthening Families™ Framework outlines these five Protective Factors: parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, social connections, and concrete support in times of need. When a family works to build these strengths, the whole family benefits. In this column, we’ll focus on the Social Connections protective factor.