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Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 5) Contribution

When children contribute, they gain a sense of purpose. This teaches them one of the most powerful lessons a child can learn:  The world is a better place because they are in it. This inspires them to take actions and make choices that improve the world they live in. This builds their sense of confidence and strengthens their character.

Parents who teach the importance of serving others, help their children build social contacts and security. These children then can build relationships with other adults who serve as role models,  as they watch these people contribute to their communities.

One Step at a Time:

  • Make it clear to your children that they can do things that improve the world.
  • Receiving a “thank you” for a job well done reinforces a child’s contributions to their community.  Congratulate your child when they accomplish something or complete a task well.
  • Positive contributions to society reinforce other people’s faith in humanity.

Resilient children grow into adults who set good examples.  Throughout their lives they encourage others to be the best they can be.

The 7 C's of Resilience

The 7 C’s of Resilience

Download PDF on Fostering Contribution HERE.

To be continued…

NOTE:  In “Fostering Resilience,” The authors name the seven qualities of highly resilient youth.  The 7 Cs of parenting were adapted from The Positive Youth Development movement.  Rick Little and his colleagues at the International Youth Foundation over the course of their research founded “The 7 Cs:  The essential Building Blocks of Resilience For Parents.

Linda Johnson

Linda is a former Program Assistant and Staff Writer for Rainier Community Cares

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