Sharing ideas is a painless source of growth and development. The following information is a condensed version of Keeping Your Family Strong, a tip sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, combined with tribally sourced information. *We recommend participating in these activities only after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed and it is safe for you and your children. Please practice recommended social-distancing guidelines.
Nurturing and Attachment: Show how much families can love each other.
- Make time every day to connect with your children with a hug, a smile and/or a song.
- Take interest in what each family member is doing – ask questions and answer questions.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Parenting is part natural and part learned.
- Subscribe to a magazine, website, or online newsletter about child development.
- Take an online parenting class.
- Sit and observe what your child can and cannot do and discuss concerns with the family doctor, the child’s teacher and/or friends.
- Attend tribally sponsored seminars and training.*
- Participate in educational teachings offered at tribal events.*
Parental Resilience: It takes courage to endure stress and to bounce back from challenges.
Make time for quiet time: take a bath, write, meditate, practice your medicines.
Exercise: walk, do yoga, lift weights and/or dance.
Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself.
Social Connections: Friends, relatives, and neighbors can help out and provide emotional support.
Set aside a regular time each week for your children to video chat with friends and relatives.
Participate in neighborhood activities, picnics, or block parties.
Join an online support group of parents with children of similar ages.
Attend ceremonial dance gatherings or Talking Circles.
Identify relatives your child trusts, and utilize their support in your children’s lives.
Concrete Supports for Parents: Know where to find help if and when needed.
Make a list of people or places to call for support.
Dial 2-1-1 to find out about organizations that support families in your area.
Identify extended family members you can lean on and who can lean on you.
Consult with tribal elders.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Let children know they are loved, make them feel like they belong, and are able to get along with others.
- Provide regular routines, especially for young children and inform caretakers about routine mealtimes, naps, and bedtime.
- Model healthy relationships for them and nurture healthy relationships in their life.
- Let them help with picking their regalia and when they dance, praise them for practicing traditional values.
Resource: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2019). Child Maltreatment 2018.