The Summer holidays can be tough for families impacted by developmental trauma. While most families are frolicking at the beach, sunbathing, sleeping, shopping, or catching up with friends and relatives, other families may be deep in tempestuous waters. Violent outbursts, dysregulation around clothing, food, toileting, sleeping, episodes of stealing and lying, and the holiday favourite—sabotage—are … Continue reading 2019: Start with getting grounded
The remaining days of 2018 can be difficult to bear for caregivers of children with histories of early trauma. This is the time when we are supposed to reflect on what has happened over the course of the year, recognizing the successes and wins, as well as look forward to the future through resolutions and … Continue reading Another year? My, how you have grown!
Christmas. How did we get from a celebration that began in a lowly manger to filling our homes with decorations, gifts, and excess? How has this religious day eclipsed all others when it comes to effort, time and spending; where it seems that no matter what we do, it is not enough? It’s time to … Continue reading Christmas: The gift of attention
The Christmas season is jammed full of rituals – traditions – anniversaries. And it comes embedded with prompts, explosions of memory, chaos and stress. Christmas, unlike many ordinary days, hits our sense of smell, our sense of taste, what we see, the songs we hear. It may be 2018, but to your nose, or your taste … Continue reading Christmas: How to avoid portal hopping