Building Healthy Relationships With Your Kids
Written by: Leah Maschino
Raising kids is both rewarding and challenging. Being sensitive and responsive to your kids can help you build positive, healthy relationships together. Strong emotional bonds help children learn how to manage their own feelings and behaviors and develop self-confidence. They help create a safe base from which they can explore, learn, and relate to others.
A recent analysis shows that about 6 out of 10 children in the U.S. develop secure attachments to their parents. The 4 out of 10 kids who lack such bonds may avoid their parents when they are upset or resist their parents if they cause them more distress. Studies suggest that this can make kids more prone to serious behavior problems.
Building healthy relationships with your kids also helps to increase protective factors. According to SAMHSA, protective factors are characteristics at the biological, psychological, family, community, or cultural level that help reduce the likelihood of negative outcomes or behaviors. It is important to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors, which are characteristics that are associated with negative outcomes and behaviors.
As kids become better at managing their feelings and behavior, it’s important to help them develop coping skills, like active problem solving. Such skills can help them feel confident in handling what comes their way. This can also help kids learn healthy ways to cope with stress and life situations which may help prevent kids from turning to alcohol, drugs, or other unhealthy behaviors.
By being a sensitive and responsive parent, you can help set your kids on a positive path, teach them self-control, reduce the likelihood of troublesome behaviors, and build a warm, caring parent-child relationship.
Learn more about increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors at https://www.samhsa.gov/capt/practicing-effective-prevention/prevention-behavioral-health/risk-protective-factors . Source: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/special-issues/parenting/positive-parenting