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Parents today are faced with many stresses, the fear of housing displacement, financial insecurities, instability of your employment, and many more. Unfortunately, on top of these challenges, parents have the responsibility to care for their children. For many, this is a typical experience. How can an individual think about parenting with those overwhelming challenges? However there is something that can be done, parents can focus on building a support system to help with decision making, handling conflicts, empowerment and leadership.

Not a parent? There’s something you can do, too. Supporting parents in times of need provides the framework for preventing negative or traumatic experiences for children.

Children who regularly experience positive interactions with their parents learn to become independent, content, deal with conflict and form positive relationships. Shaping the parental perspective not only reduces negative and traumatic experiences for children but will also encourage child leadership.

Here are three things to focus on in your support system:

Decision Making: Parents who are provided support to cope with everyday stressors build resilience. Resilience leads to parents being able to address their families specific needs. While some experiences are life-changing and challenging the ability to brainstorm resources and have group discussions is helpful for decision making.

Handling conflict: Parents who learn positive ways to handle conflict are better able to cope with stress.  Parents are better able to regulate their emotions about their stressors, avoid harsh critical statements when speaking to their children and create a positive atmosphere in the home despite everyday challenges. Parents who can handle conflict positively model those behaviors for their children.

Empowerment & Leadership: Empowering parents to be healthy and confident increases autonomy and independence. Parents who can make decisions and handle conflict become empowered and lead positively. The ability to be resourceful and solve problems creates parental leadership.

Daily life challenges are hard but parents who can find and build connections learn ways to handle life’s challenges. Parents who learn strategies and positive approaches are more likely to be successful in their parenting practices. Empowering parents to develop solid decision-making skills, handle conflict and lead others is significant for modeling positive behaviors to children.

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