Positive parenting comes in many shapes and sizes, but one that is gaining a particular amount of attention right now has to do with “strength-based parenting.” In a nutshell, this is a parenting approach that involves identifying and cultivating positive traits, states and qualities in your kids. It’s considered a powerful combination of the strength-building model and solution-focused communication.
Want to see how it works in action? Here’s a great PDF outlining the philosophy and practice by Charlie Appelstein, MSW.
Now new research is suggesting that the parenting practice can not only boost self esteem and resiliency in kids, but it can also protect them from certain stresses later in life. In the new study from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, researchers discovered that children in a strengths-based environment can draw on personal strengths to successfully manage and cope with demands that can lead to stress.
“This style of parenting adds a ‘positive filter’ to the way a child reacts to stress. It also limits the likelihood of children using avoidance or aggressive coping responses,” says professor Lea Waters, who authored the study.
Read about the full study here.