Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well an occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things are not going well. Multiple life stressors, such as a family history of abuse or neglect, health problems, marital conflict, or 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.
ZERO TO THREE (2016)
Explains how resilience can be recognized and fostered at four levels: the individual, the family, the school and caregiving systems, and the larger community. The resource provides suggestions on how parents can build their children's resilience daily by teaching self-care, emphasizing the positive, building a strong parent-child bond, reading together, encouraging social skills, maintaining a daily routine, nurturing self-esteem, and practicing reflection.
Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for Practitioners
Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child (2017)
Presents a guide for practitioners that explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help. The resource includes information on ways to help adults build skills, how stress affects our skills, and how to deliver services in ways that can help reduce stress.
National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds, Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (2019)
Describes the importance of parental resilience as a protective factor and provides examples of everyday actions that organizations can take to demonstrate to parents that they are valued; honor each family's race, culture, and heritage; encourage parents to manage stress effectively; support parents as decision-makers; and help parents learn how to buffer their child during stressful times.
Protective Factors - Parental Resilience [Video]
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2016)
Presents a video on parental resilience as a protective factor, which reviews how parents can be resilient and use their inner strength to meet personal challenges and ones that affect the entire family.
Strengthening Families and the 5 Protective Factors Series: Parental Resilience
National Fatherhood Initiative (2016)
Highlights how the National Fatherhood Initiative can help child welfare professionals using the Protective Factors Framework build parental resilience in their community through increased father engagement.