The 6 Protective Factors All Parents Need

Simple Steps for Parents Who Want to Build a Stronger Family

Every family has strengths, and every family faces challenges. As parents, there are ways to make sure that your whole family copes with and learns from those challenges.

When you are under stress—the car breaks down, you or your partner lose a job, a child’s behavior is difficult, or even when the family is experiencing a positive change, such as moving into a new home—sometimes it takes a little extra help to get through the day.

Protective factors are what families draw on when life gets difficult. By building on these strengths, you can keep your family strong and prevent child abuse and neglect. These tips describe six key protective factors and some simple ways you can build these factors in your own family.


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