Overwhelming amounts of stress surrounding finances, health care and the uncertainty of the future will have long-lasting, traumatic effects on the emotional well-being of adults and children. There are many types of trauma an individual can experience. Trauma in childhood occurs when a child witnesses or experiences an event that poses a real or perceived threat to the life or well-being of the child or someone close to the child. The event overwhelms the child’s ability to cope and causes feelings of fear or hopelessness.
The impact of trauma is far-reaching. Results can include (but are not limited to) the inability to find humor and joy in things that once brought us happiness, anger, trouble sleeping and restlessness, nightmares, exhaustion, fear, diminished creativity, loneliness, anxiety and increased susceptibility to illness.
As we enter 2021, we can support children by learning how to parent from a trauma-informed lens. When we parent from a trauma-informed lens, we recognize the impact of trauma on children and respond to them in ways that do not perpetuate trauma. Instead, we center on love, connection, healing and liberation. Here are some ways you can bring this approach into your home: