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What makes resilience so important?

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Inner strength can be developed. It can be nurtured by everyday words and actions.

  • Every child and teenager will face challenges in life.
  • We can’t protect our children from everything as they get older.
  • Positive words and actions help build resilience.
  • Teaching certain skills will help children deal with life’s challenges
  • Goal-setting, persistence, and managing emotions help kids in later life.

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What has resilience got to do with child development?

Resilience helps kids to ‘bounce back’

What does it mean to be resilient? It’s about being able to bounce back after a setback. To keep working at something, even when it’s not easy. Changes and challenges - big and small - are part of life. Learning to cope with challenges and uncertain times is an important life-long skill.

Why is resilience important for children?

Becoming more resilient helps children try new things, even if it takes a while to succeed. Resilience also helps children understand that sometimes, things won’t work out as planned. But it’s still possible to cope and move on.

Resilience helps children be more confident in their approach to school and life. But if a child or teenager feels sad, anxious or worried a lot of the time, it can cause problems. Teen depression or kid anxiety can seriously interfere with learning and social activities. It can also start to affect the whole family.

Can I tell if my child is resilient?

Becoming more resilient is a journey rather than a destination. You’ll be able to see when your child is developing resilience and coping skills. For one thing, they’ll get better at recovering from setbacks. This will vary from one child to another. It will also depend partly on other factors (age, the event, other things happening at the time). But whatever the case, all children can benefit from support to develop their coping skills. These skills can be supported from the earliest years onward.

What can I do to help build my child’s resilience?

Children learn from the positive interactions they have with their parents or caregivers. This can include teaching problem-solving skills, and showing how to embrace and learn from mistakes. It’s also about having an optimistic outlook.

Positive interactions also help children feel safe and secure. This loving and caring atmosphere helps them develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills to succeed. Even so, parents can’t protect children from difficult feelings altogether. As children and teenagers grow, it’s important they start to develop confidence in their own coping skills. As a parent, you can help manage anxiety in children with the strategies Triple P provides.

Triple P Online shows you simple but proven ways to create the environment that helps your child reach their potential. It’s a toolbox of ideas and skills, not a rule-book. You choose and adapt what suits your child and your family.

Find which FREE course suits you best

Every family's different, so we make it easy to choose the parenting support that fits your situation. You choose when, where, and how you want to do Triple P!

Is Triple P Online right for my family?

Understand what’s within your control to change and influence for your child’s benefit.

  • Get online support for parents of young children (0-12 years)
  • Know how to address child behaviors
  • Promote new skills and help emotional self-regulation
  • Raise happier, more confident and capable kids
  • Enjoy being a parent more!

Is Teen Triple P Online right for my family?

Understand what’s within your control to change and influence for your teen’s benefit.

  • Get online support for parents of pre-teens and teens (10-16 years)
  • Create the best environment for your teenager’s development
  • Promote new skills and help emotional self-regulation
  • Raise happier, more confident and capable teenagers
  • Improve your relationship with your teenager

Triple P support near you

One of the world’s best parenting programs is available in Ohio with a range of courses and sessions to help make life easier – and happier – for families. Find the help that suits you best.

  • Choose from small or large group sessions, one-off or a whole series
  • Just a few tips or all the Triple P strategies
  • Some regions have Triple P programs for specific issues
  • See the calendar for upcoming sessions, or search the map for nearby providers

Commonly asked questions

With support from the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) are working to expand Triple P services across the state. When parents and caregivers have the support and resources they need, children are able to experience the positive, happy childhoods they deserve.

This is a fully funded family support initiative, thanks to Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. Many organizations including charities, health centers, schools and local and state governments across the United States and in many other countries provide free access to Triple P. That’s because Triple P is one of the world’s most researched parenting programs. Investing in the future health and happiness of our children and teenagers benefits the whole community. So doing Triple P Online, Teen Triple P Online or other types of Triple P offered on this website is totally free. And no, there’s no catch.

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Triple P is one of the few parenting programs in the world with evidence to show it works. There are literally hundreds of trials and studies to show Triple P works for most families, in many different cultures, and in many different family situations. Triple P Online is also the first online parenting program proven to work. In some regions, parents purchase the program (where funding doesn’t cover free access). In those regions we offer a money-back guarantee.


Each module only takes about 30 minutes to an hour. You don’t need to do it all in one block, either. Some parents prefer to just do ten or fifteen minutes a day. There are 8 modules in Triple P Online and Teen Triple P Online has 6 modules. There’s also an extra Parenting During Uncertain Times module in each, to help with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you start today and do one or two modules each week, you could be finished in about a month! Of course, it’s totally up to you. If you want to take it more slowly, take a break, or go back and revisit a previous module, that’s all fine too.


Triple P International takes your privacy and data protection very seriously. We have rigorous IT security systems and procedures. We don’t share your information with any third-party marketing organizations or unauthorized personnel. Your email address and region are visible to our administration team. Your progress may be visible to a system administrator in case you need to change your email address. All other family information within the program is anonymized. If you’d like more information, please review our privacy policy.


There are online positive parenting courses for parents of children under 12 (Triple P Online) and parents of teenagers (Teen Triple P Online). These are general positive parenting courses, which include ways to help your child be more confident, capable, and resilient. Fear-Less Triple P Online (for parents of children with anxiety) is a course to help parents of children aged 6 to 14 years support their child’s anxiety-coping skills and emotional wellbeing. You can find more information about each program elsewhere on this website.


It depends a bit on which issues you’d like to focus on most. There’s not a hard and fast rule or an exact age at which children develop, so we suggest taking a look at the different courses to help you decide. You can always do more than one!


It is great if both parents can do the course, but it’s not essential. Triple P is used very successfully by single parents. When both parents, or a parent and another carer, both do the course it helps them work as a team to make changes. This includes grandparents, foster parents, and other family members, and even ex-partners, if they also care for your children. It makes it easier to communicate better about parenting, argue and disagree less, and support each other more. If you want both parents to have their own workbook and certificate, you should request two access codes.


One of the great things about Triple P is that it’s not about telling you what to do in every situation. It’s about helping you feel confident that you can work out what to do. This will be based on what you learn about child or teen development and the strategies you’ve picked up, and your ability to review and refine. So if your question’s about parenting, we suggest you go ahead and do the free program! If it’s about something else to do with Triple P, you may want to try contacting us using this website’s contact details, via our social media channels, or through your local Triple P support service.