Monthly Archives: August 2015

The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 4) Character

Children who have confidence in themselves have a sense of self-worth, so they are comfortable with themselves and their values. They are likely to "stick to their guns" when they are faced with challenges to their values and lifestyle choices.  They tend to show a caring and compassionate attitude toward others. When your child makes a mistake, remind them that they are capable and are doing well.  We all make mistakes; it's part of being human. Encourage your child to strive just a little bit more and let them know they can succeed. Remember to "catch" your child doing something good, kind, helpful, compassionate or generous.  If you see the best in your child, your child can see the best in themselves.  Let your child know that you expect the best qualities from them:  fairness, integrity, persistence and kindness. Parents can help a child develop character by recognizing what their ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 3) Connection

Family connections are critical in a child's life.  Connections to civic, religious, educational, ethnic and athletic groups supplements a child's family bonds, extending their sense of belonging to a wider world.  These connections helps a child learn how to navigate safely in different environments. Social connections provide a "protective factor" for people.  Children need close ties with their family, friends, school and community in order to develop the strong bonds of security that builds a foundation for healthy values, which will help to prevent them from getting involved in destructive behaviors. Physical and emotional safety and security develop in the home.  Children who are allowed to express both their positive and negative emotions at home learn they can go to to others for support during difficult times.  Children who learn to work safely through family conflicts are more likely to address their problems outside of the family in a healthy ...
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