Protective Factors Help Parents in Times of Need

The ANPPC created a 5-week social media campaign to promote the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and help parents navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign focuses on a different protective factor each week and presents four images with resource links that share activating protective factors in a time of stress and need. Feel free to use the entire campaign, focus on a specific protective factor or use isolated images that meet your needs.

The ANPPC thanks the Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) for providing the “WE CAN” series of photos.

Download the Images

When you click to download the images, you will download a JPEG of the image. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the tiny URL link provided with the image when sharing on social media. There is a suggested message for you to copy and use when posting the image on social media. This text provides links directly to the referenced resources and includes the hashtag #ctfresilienttogether

Victoria Hilt, co-chair of the ANPPC, created from her home a step-by-step video of how to download an image and post it to the various social media platforms. To view this 6-minute video, click on the button below.

Week 1 – Concrete Support in Times of Need

Children need to understand what Coronavirus is.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. To help children understand the Coronavirus, read with them: My Coronavirus Story (Easter Seals – Illinois Autism Partnership) at https://tinyurl.com/u84zpva and Exploring the New Coronavirus – A Comic Just for Kids (NPR: Feb. 28, 2020) at https://tinyurl.com/sjs6qlu

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Help is often one call away.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. During these stressful times, help is only a call away. For a list of national helplines go to https://tinyurl.com/r3yfm6k and for daily updates, visit the CDC website at https://tinyurl.com/wz7ojes

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Give yourself a break.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Take a break and do something fun. Download this 4-H activity guide with 60 hands-on educational activities for children. https://tinyurl.com/sx3dfr8

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Protective factors keep families strong.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council knows that the Strengthening Families Protective Factors keep families strong. Check out these 6 scenarios and see how many protective factors you can identify. https://tinyurl.com/yyj6g56s

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Week 2 – Parental Resilience

Parenting is hard work!

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. As parents, we can place high expectations on ourselves. Remember: when you spend time sitting, playing or just engaging with your children – it may be what they need the most. Here are some thoughts from a parent navigating these uncertain times.https://tinyurl.com/v8npzh4

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Building resilience can be fun.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors – especially Parental Resilience. Sometimes being resilient is allowing ourselves to have fun and one of the best ways to have fun with your kids is going back to playing with some of the things you loved as a child. Take time to play today by checking out the Ultimate LEGO Activity Guide. https://tinyurl.com/yx7uxvur

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Being a parent means being on call 24 hours a day.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council knows that parenting is hard work, and it’s okay to not always know what to do. If you’re working from home with your children at home, you may be facing some new parenting challenges. For help, check out these tips and resources at Prevent Child Abuse America. https://tinyurl.com/w8693v5

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Be a resilient parent.

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People build resilience in different ways. Think of one thing you can do today to make you stronger for tomorrow. See what other parents do in the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council’s parental resilience infographic at https://tinyurl.com/sl7f4sn. Also, download Big Life Journal’s “Stay at Home Care Package” at https://tinyurl.com/shvhcps and have some fun with your family.

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Week 3 – Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Find positive ways to connect with your children.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Knowing how to respond and help your children during this time can be challenging. It helps to know what this might look like for different age groups. Yolo County (California) Children’s Alliance has created a guide on children’s behaviors at different ages. It’s available at https://tinyurl.com/yologuides in English or Spanish. Also, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has a breakdown by ages and possible responses directly tied to COVID-19 at https://tinyurl.com/NCTSNCopeGuide.

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Childhood experiences have a lifelong impact on our health.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes Strengthening Families Protective Factors – especially Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development. As parents, it’s natural to want to shield our kids from the unpleasant parts of life. However, there are actually benefits to crying in front of your children. Take time to read this article about normalizing human emotions. https://tinyurl.com/yy3npl9n

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Help your child overcome fear.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. What are some ways you are helping your children with the fears they are dealing with right now? Use the “Brain Buddy” tool that is based on fear research at https://tinyurl.com/brainbuddybrief to talk with your child during this stressful time. Also, get updated tools, tips and techniques in the 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide at https://tinyurl.com/m2ss4yq.

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Know yourself. Know your child.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. As a parent we are often required to learn new skills. Think of one new parenting strategy that you tried today to help your child during this stressful time. In the ANPPC’s knowledge of parenting and child development infographic, parents share what works for them. https://tinyurl.com/KNOeverydayactions

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Week 4 – Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Just Breathe. Together.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors – especially the Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Take time to destress together today. Find out how and get other tips from PBS for Parents at https://tinyurl.com/vb5wntr.

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Be a smart parent.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. For help in dealing with and preventing challenging behaviors in children, check out How to Prevent Challenging Behaviors at https://tinyurl.com/v4azlgq and visit the Child Mind Institute at https://tinyurl.com/tuldnll for resources and support.

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The best way to connect is to be curious.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Our children sometimes need us to ask questions so we can more deeply understand and support them. Ask questions that will get your child talking using the “Ultimate Guide to Connecting with Your Child” at https://tinyurl.com/vuktezg.

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Introducing a new tool for virtual conversations.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Check out the latest tool the ANPPC has created to help you, other parents and your communities talk about social emotional competence of children and so much more at https://tinyurl.com/yynrpuqc

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Week 5 – Social Connections

You can make a difference.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. We need to keep our social connections strong and there are lots of ways to do that. Consider joining the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) at https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/bpnn and talk about issues that impact families. For other ideas, visit the University of Washington Center for the Science of Social Connection. https://tinyurl.com/UWsocialconnection

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Take time to thank yourself for the work you do with families.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Check out this article from LifeWorks with some practical self-care tips we can all use as we care for one another during this challenging time. https://tinyurl.com/ycw8lzzg

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Here's to all those devoting themselves to helping others.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Our communities are working to keep us safe and to help those who are ill. See if you and your children can find a way to thank someone in your community who is an essential worker. Watch this special “Thank You” video that Google released because of the global surge in “searches for how to thank healthcare workers.” https://tinyurl.com/y7vbyk2l

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Stay connected while staying social distanced.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council promotes the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Because of the increased amount of time we are spending attached to our screens, we’re seeing a growing sense of connection and community. Visit Meaningful Mama’s blog for some fun games to play virtually with grandparents, friends and family members. https://tinyurl.com/yd3wzy9h

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