Why Strength Matters in Families
Strong families learn, connect and grow…together.
There are many different types of families. Small or large, birth or blended, all families share a need to care for each other. And that makes learning the 5 Strengths important for every family. Families benefit when they can identify their strengths—and then learn ways to build on them to grow even stronger.
Strong families strive to support their kids, even when times get tough.
Ups and downs are a normal part of family life. When families know how to build on the 5 Strengths, parents are better prepared for the challenges ahead in three important ways:
They have the skills to handle stress.
All families experience times of stress. While the 5 Strengths can’t prevent stress, they help parents guide and support kids, so they continue to grow in healthy ways.
They understand how to support their kids’ development.
As children change and grow, parents need to be able to adjust. The 5 Strengths can guide parents as they offer support and comfort and help children learn how to behave well, solve problems and understand feelings.
They know it’s okay to ask for help.
Needing help is a normal, but that doesn’t make asking easier or more comfortable. The 5 Strengths empower families to have the courage to seek help and not see their needs as a sign of weakness.
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Families don’t gain these strengths on their own. Learn more about how they build them together, with the friends and communities that surround them.
The 5 Strengths
Research shows all families benefit when they have these 5 Strengths, or Protective Factors. The 5 Strengths can positively affect family life and the many things you do with and for your kids. Learning more about them can help you find ways to build these Strengths within your daily life. Explore each of the 5 Strengths below: