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Parent Resilience

Resilience is the ability to cope, and even thrive, after a negative experience.  The negative experience could be as simple as your child spilling milk or as dramatic as being involved in a car accident.

No one can eliminate stress from parenting, but building parental resilience can affect how a parent deals with stress.

    • Life stressors, such as a family history of abuse or neglect, health problems, marital conflict, and domestic or community violence—and financial stressors such as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness—may reduce a parent's capacity to cope effectively with the typical day-to-day stresses of raising children.
    • All parents have inner strengths that can serve as a foundation for building their resilience.

    Some inner strengths or resources:

    Faith Flexibility
    Sense of humor High self-esteem
    Communication skills Problem-solving skills
    Mutually supportive caring relationships The ability to identify and access outside resources and services when needed

    • Community services that help families in crisis include mental health programs, substance abuse treatment, family and marital counseling, and special education and treatment programs for children with special needs.