A true blessing is your family

“Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel. We come into our families with a sacred duty to help strengthen each other spiritually. “Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part. Every home is different, but every home where even one individual seeks for truth can make a difference.” - Cheryl A. Esplin,

The strength of the family

This course will cover the importance of a strong family and what family communication look like when it's about good and bad things. How the strength in the family allows them to celebrate together when times are good and to talk about problems when times are tough. This will talk about how this creates a safe place for children to share complicated feelings like embarrassment, confusion, or shame. And how it strengthens family members’ relationships with each other.

Concrete support in times of need

Concrete supports are a protective factor that can buffer and support children and families during good times and bad. Concrete supports mean having access to goods and services that address your family’s needs, such as support for food, housing, clothing, health care, and child care. This support is especially essential during times of heightened stress or adversity. A child welfare system that acknowledges and addresses family support through a strengths-based approach will be more effective at promoting child and family well-being. 

Parental resilience

When parents take care of these stressful times, their children learn a model of coping behavior. There are families that have a history of abuse or neglect, physical or mental health problems, and other stresses such as financial trouble, unemployment, and even homelessness. These are times when parents need to seek help through friendships with others, their children’s teachers, and community resources.

Social Connections

We can all agree that conversation is hard to do sometimes. For something that is so basic to human interaction and social connection, engaging in conversation requires a complex array of social competencies and, at times, is surprisingly difficult to pull off successfully. How do we teach social learners of all ages the why and how of developing meaningful connections with others through face-to-face conversations at home, school, in the workplace, and within their communities?


Social and emotional competence of children

Parenting young children is not an easy task. It can be an experience full of opportunity and excitement, interrupted by days of uncertainty and difficult choices. The Center for the Study of Social Policy has identified protective factors that can assist families in achieving healthy outcomes as they grow and develop resilience. These protective factors include social connections, nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, and concrete support.