In 2018, we launched the Stress Health public education campaign to educate the public about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress and to create a call for change. By bringing these issues to the forefront, Stress Health aims to engage and activate parents and other caregivers to demand access to early intervention and trauma-informed care. Most importantly, we want to help parents recognize the powerful force they can be in preventing and reversing the impacts of toxic stress in their children.
The blog covers the special challenges of parenting with ACEs, but it also features short, lively, science-based stories to help parents, teachers, and anyone else still coping with their own childhood trauma and adversity.
Parents and children with ACEs have a lot to work through, but there’s room for hope. We want our blog to reflect the promise and excitement of the latest research on resilience. For example, we show parents how they can jumpstart the healing process by creating a warm atmosphere at family dinners, bedtime routines and other “anchoring rituals” that create a sense of security and connection.
Research shows that the right kind of support and care can mitigate the impact of toxic stress in children and help them bounce back. There are ways parents can support a healthy stress response in their children and teens: through good sleep, nutrition, exercise, mental health, mindfulness and healthy relationships. Together, all these important things can help turn the stress response down and can reduce the potential negative effects of ACEs. Each month we will roll out articles and stories that touch one of more of these interventions. Here're a few of them:
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