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Rainier Community Cares consists of community members working together to create a healthier environment for the youth, young adults and others who live in Rainier and the surrounding community.

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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 4) Character

Children who have confidence in themselves have a sense of self-worth, so they are comfortable with themselves and their values. They are likely to "stick to their guns" when they are faced with challenges to their values and lifestyle choices.  They tend to show a caring and compassionate attitude toward others. When your child makes a mistake, remind them that they are capable and are doing well.  We all make mistakes; it's part of being human. Encourage your child to strive just a little bit more and let them know they can succeed. Remember to "catch" your child doing something good, kind, helpful, compassionate or generous.  If you see the best in your child, your child can see the best in themselves.  Let your child know that you expect the best qualities from them:  fairness, integrity, persistence and kindness. Parents can help a child develop character by recognizing what their ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 3) Connection

Family connections are critical in a child's life.  Connections to civic, religious, educational, ethnic and athletic groups supplements a child's family bonds, extending their sense of belonging to a wider world.  These connections helps a child learn how to navigate safely in different environments. Social connections provide a "protective factor" for people.  Children need close ties with their family, friends, school and community in order to develop the strong bonds of security that builds a foundation for healthy values, which will help to prevent them from getting involved in destructive behaviors. Physical and emotional safety and security develop in the home.  Children who are allowed to express both their positive and negative emotions at home learn they can go to to others for support during difficult times.  Children who learn to work safely through family conflicts are more likely to address their problems outside of the family in a healthy ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 2) Competence

Parents spend years nurturing their children to be competent.  They devote their time, energy and love as their children grow from making their first sounds and taking their first steps - to watching them master the skills required for their special interests. Over time, when young people develop and master important skills, they feel competent.  This feeling can only be developed through experience.  This is how they learn to trust their own judgements.  When they face difficult situations in the future, they are more likely to make healthy, responsible choices. Make sure you communicate in a way that empowers your child to make healthy choices.  Let your child make “safe mistakes,” so they have opportunities to make corrections in their judgement.  This is how they learn to make responsible choices when they’re faced with difficult decisions. Download PDF on Fostering Competence HERE.   To be continued… NOTE:  In “Fostering Resilience,” ...
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