ParentFurther and Search Institute Celebrate Dads, Grandpas, and Other Positive Role Models
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One of the most dangerous threats to a family’s fabric is the cancellation of a holiday or celebration because of tension, trauma, or loss.3
Experts worry that our busy lifestyles, geographic separation, and changing family structures (such as more blended and single-parent families) make it easy for families to stop celebrating special occasions and holidays.4
ParentFurther, a Search Institute resource for families, provides a unique community and easy-to-use, comprehensive resources that offer support and practical steps to help families with a wide range of everyday parenting issues. The goal of ParentFurther is to help parents raise caring, healthy, responsible, successful kids. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with kids, ParentFurther’s positive, strength-based approach to parenting focuses on what’s right with kids (and parents), and the small, everyday steps everyone can take to help kids be successful in the future.
ParentFurther is the only online parenting community that helps parents do just that: parent further. Behind ParentFurther’s advice and approach is research-based information and tools that have been put to the test in the real world and approved by a panel of experts in parenting, child psychology, and related fields. The approach is built on Search Institute’s Developmental Assets®*.
*Search Institute’s Developmental Assets are 40 common-sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.
1. Barbara Fiese and others, “A Review of 50 Years of Research on Naturally Occurring Family Routines and Rituals: Cause for Celebration?” Journal of Family Psychology 16, no. 4 (2002): 381-390.
2. Barbara Fiese, Family Routines and Rituals (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006), 97.
3. Pauline Boss, Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006), 192.
4. William Doherty, The Intentional Family: How to Build Family Ties in Our Modern World (Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1997), 3-16.