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Emotional Strength

Why It's Important

Also called resilience, emotional strength refers to the ability to handle everyday stressors and recover from occasional crises. Parents who are emotionally resilient have a positive attitude, creatively problem solve, effectively address challenges, and are less likely to direct anger and frustration at their children. In addition, these parents are aware of their own challenges (for example, those arising from inappropriate parenting they received as children) and accept help and/or counseling when needed. (Source:

How to Build It

It is important to take good care of yourself so you can take good care of your children. When parents are facing stressors, it is hard to find the wherewithal to effectively handle common parenting challenges. Common stressors include:

  • Money concerns;
  • Substance issues;
  • Divorce;
  • Domestic violence, or
  • Meeting the needs of a child with disabilities

The first step to building resiliency is to recognize the little and big things that trigger feelings of stress. It is also very important to know your own inner strengths and draw on those to handle stress. Learning stress management techniques, anticipating and planning ahead for common difficulties, and using good family communication practices are all helpful techniques for building emotional strength and resiliency. Finally, recognize when self-help tactics could use reinforcement from outside help, and find the resources that can provide it.


  • Go to this resource library ( and try searching for keywords such as Stress, Emotional, Coping, or Mental Health. Or, explore the Advice and Tips for Parents section and the Understanding Your Child section to locate information that interests you.
  • You can find a programs and services that provide emotional support or teach stress management by calling 2-1-1 for information and referral from a trained referral specialist. The service runs 24/7, so calling the same number can put you in touch with crisis support if needed, too.

Family Enrichment Collaborative Programs and Services

The programs and services sponsored by Family Enrichment Collaborative can definitely help families reduce stress and / or deal effectively with it. Especially helpful in this area are the Family Development Home Visiting Service, Parenting With Heart and other Parent Workshops. In addition, FEC program staff can direct program participants to a wealth of other community services relevant to their specific needs. FEC programs can boost emotional strength in direct and indirect ways.



    JUST A.S.K.

Dial 2-1-1 to connect with community resources to get what you need to become the parent you want to be:

Advice on building a close relationship with your child
Support systems that help you balance it all & reduce stress.
Knowledge about child development & parenting skills

    Family Centers

Bath Area Family
Resource Center

Room 81 at Vernon E. Wightman Primary School,
216 Maple Heights, Bath,
776-4123 x5650

Jennie Mose Family
Resource Center

14 South Street (Old Post Office,) Addison,

Nonnie Hood Parent
Resource Center

upper floor of the Southeast Steuben County Library,
300 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, 607-936-3837

Hornell Area Family
Resource Center
Hornell Intermediate School
71 Buffalo St.
Hornell, NY 14843
607-324-0014 x1741


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