Mental Health

After Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, shattering homes and schools, some displaced children and parents had nowhere to sleep but their car. Toddlers were stunned by the landscape of smashed houses and fallen trees. Pointing at his battered neighborhood, one...

If you have children – especially ones who’ve experienced significant hardship – you may have felt like chores are a burden they could do without. But research suggests chores are one of the few proven predictors of adult success. “Every child feels better when needed,” says...

Thanksgiving is a time of family celebration and gratitude, but for some people, it can also be triggering. Perhaps the family was the source of our childhood trauma, or political differences are making the holiday more loaded than usual. Maybe we’re far away from home...

In recent decades, play began to look like an endangered species.  Funding cutbacks and a laser focus on academics forced elementary schools to slash recess and kindergarten to replace play with workbooks. Meanwhile, kids of all ages became glued to devices that can process data...

If you experienced severe hardship as a child, are you more likely to have children with behavior or mental health problems? The short answer is yes. A recent UCLA study shows that the children of parents with four or more ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are twice...