Connecting With Our Children

Earlier this year, I did an informal survey on a popular social networking site.  I asked several people from around the world to post the question “If you were to teach your children only ONE quality so that they would grow up to be the adult you could be proud of, what quality would it be…”.   The response was tremendous.  Whether their child is a newborn, six, sixteen, or an adult, parents feel an immense responsibility.  Overwhelmingly, the top qualities that parents want to impart on their children, out of hundreds of responses from all over the world, are compassion, […]

Connecting Post Trauma

Is the word “trauma” being used more often, or have I become more sensitive to it’s use?   I have come across it countless times over the years, and this word can call to mind different meanings depending on the use.  Physical trauma, psychological, environmental, a “trauma team” or “trauma center”,  used in conversation, describing situations as traumatic, or “I think I suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)”.  Most commonly and especially when discussing through therapy, it is an emotional response.  The American Psychological Association defines it as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or […]