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From Risk To Resiliency How to Minimize Risk Factors and Raise Resilient Children Karen J. Wagner, M.Ed. Risk Prevention Specialist Child Advocate & Expert.

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1 From Risk To Resiliency How to Minimize Risk Factors and Raise Resilient Children Karen J. Wagner, M.Ed. Risk Prevention Specialist Child Advocate & Expert Witness

2 From Risk to Resiliency Overview What factors put your child(ren) at risk? What does “resiliency” mean? Is my child “at-risk”? How has my divorce affected my child(ren)? How you can minimize risk factors in your child(ren). The important role of fathers in child development.

3 What factors put your child(ren) “at-risk”? In-vitro factors Birth order Family history Parent relationship Socio-economic factors Education Friends Court Other

4 What does “resiliency” mean? With regards to children of divorce, resiliency means the ability to: Make healthy decisions. Resist unhealthy activities. Feel safe and secure no matter what situation he or she is in. Achieve “success” socially, economically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually Cope with life’s challenges & choices. Protect oneself at all times in all ways. Enjoy life!

5 Is my child “at-risk”? YES Children of divorce, children involved in custody, support and/or visitation disputes, are considered “at-risk”.

6 How can I minimize risk factors? Keep your children insulated from you and your former spouse’s disagreements! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER speak negatively about your spouse in front of your child! Stay actively involved in your child’s life. Involve at least one other interested adult. Increase your parenting knowledge. BE POSITIVE!

7 The Important Role of Fathers Developmentally Psychologically Physically Environmentally Spiritually Regarding Boys Regarding Girls

8 The Success Formula P+R=D 1.Know What You Want 2.Know What you Are Getting 3.Have the Flexibility to Change 4.Action

9 Wagner Consulting Services, LLC Karen J. Wagner, M.Ed Cedar Bluff Drive Marietta, GA


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