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Principles of the Resilient Parent


  1. Progress not perfection.  We are not here to learn how to be perfect, but to discover, grow, and become more aware.


  1. Compassion rules. Parenting is hard enough without parents judging each other. We will be kind to ourselves and other parents. We will give each other the benefit of the doubt.


  1. All discussion is respectful.  How can we learn if we can’t hear another’s viewpoint?  We will speak to each other (including those with whom we disagree) with respect.  We will listen.  We will help to create a safe space where other parents can share their problems and advice.


  1. Struggle builds muscle.  As Nelson Mandela said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” We will model learning from mistakes, not avoiding them altogether.


  1. Humor=resiliency.  The ability to laugh at one’s self is a hallmark of a resilient attitude.  We will try not to take ourselves too seriously.


  1. It takes a village to raise a resilient child.  Parenting in isolation can be stressful and scary.  Resilient parents connect to community for support.  The goal of this program series is to provide both information and opportunity for connection.




©Christine Fortune Guthery, 2013, All rights reserved.


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