Strength Based Parenting

Strength Based Parenting for Coping with Stress

Strength Based Parenting for Coping with Stress

Strength Based Parenting

We know that how parents chose to respond to stress can help their kids cope with stress as well. But only recently has a study been done to show how this works. It is called strength based parenting and the results will be of interest to many parents. A recent issue of Psychology published the a study from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, which shows how kids deal with the demands of life that create stress by calling on their personal strengths. These strengths can be developed by parents who positively reinforce them and so encourage their kids to develop strong coping mechanisms for everyday stressful situations.

Instituting Strength Based Parenting

In the study they discuss how positive stress, stress that does not come from an ongoing problem but is simply a part of daily life, can be a part of the normal developmental process. This is especially true for kids. Learning to not only cope but overcome the stress gives them skills to take on new situations. When parents add that positive filter by deliberately identifying and cultivating positive states and qualities in their kids they strengthen them. By teaching their kids to overcome in a positive way the stress instead of using avoidance or aggressive tactics parents engage in a style of parenting that helps their child cope with modern life.

Needs More Research

The study published by Professor Lea Walters in this report is bound to lead to further research. When discussing the study, Professor Walters responded, “While the importance of providing love and emotional support to children is well understood, we now know the importance of deliberately identifying and building strengths in our children.” This approach of strength based parenting is just another example of the new ideas on positive psychology that continue to evolve in parenting skills.

 

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