Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP

Parent Pulse

Parent Well-Being: From Rubix Cubes to Gumby

An Overview of Parent Well-Being

Posted Dec 11, 2010


The Parenting Puzzle

Dr. Martin Seligman offers another view of well-being, with his theory that positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment (PERMA) are the maxims that lead to  flourishing.  The PERMA framework describes conditions that lead to flourishing rather than prescribing a one size fits all approach.  And one need not possess all five elements of PERMA to flourish. 

Flexible Parenting

In the end, parent well-being is a sprinkling of all of the models and frameworks discussed in this entry.  No matter the present state of your psychological health, it is important to remember that inner experiences as a parent influence the relationship you have with your children.  Like a Rubix cube, parenting is a puzzle that is hard to figure out. But a Gumby-like flexibility enables parents to reshape and reconfigure their individual story and look at the parenting puzzle with a sense of openness and curiosity.  How do you define parent well-being?