Definition specifically related to the family context
In a family context, trust in others reflects parents’ ability to establish and maintain a mutually trusting relationship with their family members. Parents who trust others are also tolerant and flexible. They respect, embrace and support family members’ ideas, opinions and contribution.
In addition, they acknowledge and respect diverse points of view within the family.
This skill draws on parents’ ability to demonstrate their awareness of family dynamics and proficiency at dealing with these dynamics. Consequently, parents are able to give and receive feedback constructively, while being respectful of family members.
Moreover, a sound ability to trust others allows parents to interact more effectively with others in stressful situations. They can detect, understand, manage, control and overcome their own emotions and those of others in such situations. They also recognize that emotions can guide their decision-making when solving problems or managing conflicts within and outside of the family unit, for instance in school settings.
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