A new Australian study suggests a parenting style that identifies and cultivates the strengths of a child can teach children how to be resilient and deal with stress.
Lea Waters, Ph.D., from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education explained how children can draw on their personal strengths to cope with the demands that lead to stress.
“While some stress such as toxic stress caused by a long-lasting intense negative experience can have a debilitating effect on the well-being of children, not all stress is bad or damaging,” Waters said.
“Positive stress is a normal part of the developmental process. When managed well, it has the potential to help children learn, grow, and adapt.
“Essential life skills such as coping with and adapting to new situations grow out of positive stress.”
The paper provides new insights on how strength based parenting builds up children’s resources.