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The Building Blocks of HOPE – Block #1: Relationships


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Being in nurturing, supportive relationships are critical for children to develop into healthy, resilient adults. This concept forms the first of the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE. What types of relationships are we talking about?

  • Having parents/caregivers that are responsive to a child’s needs and interact with them in a caring and nurturing manner.
  • Having adults outside of the family that take a genuine interest in a child and support their growth and development.
  • Having healthy, close, and positive relationships with peers.

Individuals that recall having these types of relationships during childhood experience significantly lower rates of depression and poor mental and physical health during adulthood. When working with families, especially vulnerable families affected by trauma, it is important to ask about the types of positive relationships a parent may recall from their childhood. This information can then be celebrated and used to help create opportunities for their children to experience the types of relationships encompassed by this HOPE Building Block.

 Please share your ideas of how we can help create opportunities for positive experiences.  It is more important than ever during this very stressful time.

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Thank you so much for your comment Melissa.  That is great advice.  By doing those things they are helping to create positive experiences for their children, which is more important than ever right now. 

Working with families of preschool children, it has been especially difficult to connect with them via electronic means; many are also busy with older siblings' school assignments. I am encouraging families when I reach out to them that "academics" do not need to be their priority unless they choose it - I let them know if all they are doing is talking, playing, singing, reading, and loving their children, that it is more important they foster that sense of safety and connection with their child.  

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