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Category: Early Childhood

Trauma crosses generations through learned behaviors

Multigenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down from one generation to the next.  Often the people affected by multigenerational trauma aren’t even aware of it.  They might describe their lives as difficult, but because it doesn’t fit the typical profile of trauma, they wouldn’t use the word trauma to describe what they’ve experienced. One … Continued

How does one traumatic event affect a family for generations?

Trauma has occurred throughout human history.  Awful things have happened to people that overwhelm the ability to cope and have effects that last for a long time. Most of the time when we talk about trauma the focus is on individuals – how individual persons experience and are affected by traumatic events.  However, recent research … Continued

Suicide in Children

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also … Continued

What is sexually appropriate behavior for kids ages 5 to 9?

A parent has many decisions to make when caring for their children. Oftentimes, decisions start with having conversations with your child. Many of those talks center around the table sharing each other’s day while eating dinner. Dinnertime conversation can lead to the start of uncomfortable topics. The most uncomfortable conversation for most parents is talking … Continued

Facts About FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) is one of the most common preventable neuro-developmental disorders. FASDs are a collection of diagnoses with a range of different effects that occur in individuals who were exposed to alcohol through the umbilical cord during their mother’s pregnancy. The effects on an individual with an FASD diagnose differ from person … Continued

Is Your Teen a Screenager?

Delaney Ruston is the mother of two teenagers and a medical doctor. When her daughter was in junior high, they began shopping for a phone for her. Delaney wanted her daughter to have a phone only for the purpose of verbal communication, her daughter wanted a phone with the internet so she could connect with … Continued

Respect and acceptance of Pride Month

The month of June brings many thoughts and ideas to mind – the year is nearly half over; school is out; warm weather and sunshine are here. However, June also signifies Pride Month, where a community of individuals are still fighting for acceptance. What is Pride month? The history behind this month and its importance? … Continued

Planting the Seeds of Self-Care in Children

As is often the case when we are talking about children, self-care for children begins with their parents.  To have the resources that they will need to properly care for their children, parents must remember to take care of their own needs and business.  As the old adage goes, you can’t serve from an empty … Continued

Acknowledging your child’s feelings will lead to resilient kids

“One of the most important tasks of parenthood is helping children learn to deal with their emotions.  All children experience periods of stress in their lives and need the emotional skills to deal with it.  Children’s emotional resilience, or ability to cope with their feelings is important to their long-term happiness, wellbeing and success in … Continued