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.