Parenting for Resiliency

Resiliency is the brain’s ability to respond to stress in a healthy way. Resiliency…

  • Helps our brain effectively manage emotional and physical arousal, even under stress
  • Protects us from the negative outcomes associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
There are so many different parenting programs and books on parenting! How do you figure out which approach promotes resiliency and encourages healthy brain development? To figure that out, it helps to know a little about your child’s brain.

Parenting for resiliency is a neurodevelopmentally informed approach to parenting that:

  1. Cultivates self regulation,
  2. Promotes a secure bond between parent and child, and
  3. Supports optimal development of intelligence, empathy, and social skills
To learn more about resiliency and your child’s brain, check out this presentation:

Many of us struggle with losing our cool more than we would like.  If we have trouble with our own emotional regulation, it makes parenting that much harder! Amy Bryant, with Parenting Beyond Punishment, joins Robbyn Peters Bennett to discuss how to de-escalate a child who is ramping up and how to build resiliency in our children and ourselves.

Learn the four basic principles of Positive Discipline

Parenting for resiliency is a journey of learning the art of peaceful parenting. Sometimes it is called gentle parenting, or positive parenting, or positive discipline or attachment parenting. The main theme of all these approaches is focusing on the health of the relationship between the child and the parent, and supporting the child’s developmental needs. In an effort to offer parents an alternative to traditional punishment-based parenting approaches, including spanking, Joan Durrant developed a relationally focused parenting approach called “positive discipline in everyday parenting.” We formed a discussion panel of positive parenting specialists to discuss this book, because it is a wonderful overview that can help you organize your thinking about positive parenting.  The book is free online, so you can simply DOWNLOAD it.


Join the discussion with Amy BryantRobbyn Peters BennettRachel Bailey, and Dr. Ross Greene.

Print pages 24 – 33 from the book, or simply download and print these simple Long-term Goals Worksheets that we will discuss.  You may want to take a moment to fill out these worksheets before you begin the video.



Join Rachel Bailey, Robbyn Peters Bennett, Sheena Hill, and Kim Hopkins-Betts as we talk about how children think, feel emotionally, and also how children feel in their bodies. You may want to download the sensory tools ahead of time.  You can download the sensory checklist created by Lindsey Biel, OT for home or school.


Kim Hopkins-Betts with, Amy Bryant, Rachel Bailey, Robbyn Peters Bennett discuss problem solving, tantrums, and how to listen.


Join Amy, Rachel, Robbyn, and Kim as they work with parents to put it all together!

We bring together the 4 principles of Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and apply it to real life difficult parenting problems that parents share.

ACE / Resiliency Assessment

Online “Neuro-developmentally Informed” Parenting Resources:

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Sensory Processing Checklist: