Learn more about how adverse childhood experiences can negatively impact health, and why it’s important to consider community and family support systems. Check back for strategies you can implement to promote nurturing families and communities.
Promote safe, stable, nurturing families and communities by building:
Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well an occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things aren't going well.
Such systems can take many different forms depending on the strengths and needs of the family, but their overarching goal is to help parents enhance skills and resolve problems to promote optimal child development.
Knowledge of parenting and child development.
Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children and youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development
Social and emotional competence of children.
Parents support healthy social and emotional development in children when they model how to express and communicate emotions effectively, self-regulate and make friends.
By creating the context for positive relationships and environments, children and youth are more likely to avoid negative life experiences. These negative life experiences can lead to perpetration of child abuse and neglect, violence, and increase risk for substance abuse, suicide and other risky behaviors.
Children with negative or adverse life experiences don't always go on to become violent, abuse drugs or become suicidal, but the experiences do put them at higher risk. Negative childhood experiences include but aren't limited to the following: