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February 2021

Dr. Claudia Gold's Recent Blog Posts & Videos

Dr. Claudia Gold is an ACEs Champion who has as much medical expertise as she does empathy for parents, including and maybe especially for parents who are struggling. She recognizes the challenges and difficulties many parents experience but instead of shaming or punishing parents, she starts by listening to and learning from us. While this seems like the most practical, effective, and common-sense approach, to me, it is something many providers don't have the time, skill, inclination, or...

Hope, Healing & Help - The Surviving Spirit Newsletter February 2021

“ Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch.” - Judy Blume Hope, healing & help for trauma, abuse & mental health. The latest edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/index.php & here's the PDF - http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/pdfs/2021-02-The_Surviving_Spirit_Newsletter_February_2021.pdf “ Our brains developed along with music and singing as a survival mechanism.” - Tania De Jong To sign up for...

Peer-to-Peer-Resilient Parenting: Tools and Strategies that Work

Peer-to-Peer - Resilient Parenting: Tools and Strategies that Work. A two-hour discussion of tools and strategies that providers can use with parents to buffer toxic stress and build resiliency in their children. Learn how to talk to parents about ACEs, support the process of parental coregulation, and promote buffering through healthy coping. Join us on Wednesday 3.03.21. ⁠

Quotes from the Parent Panel Session of the Attachment Trauma Network Conference

The annual Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference put on by the Attachment and Trauma Network was held online last week. This year there was a parent track for participants as well as a 90-minute parent panel hosted by Ginger Healey. While you can still access the workshops online, for those who want a few of the highlights from the parent panel, please see the quotes below. There are quotes from Healey as well as the four panelists. Anna Paravano (Panelist) Parent Empowering Other...

My ACEs Affected My Birth

High blood pressure. In your third trimester of pregnancy, you do not want to hear these three words, especially if you are planning to have a home birth. My blood pressure nearly caused me to have an induction for my first birth and transfer to a hospital birth for my second birth. I wish I had known of the ACEs test so I wouldn't have felt so lost and guilty. For my first birth I was clueless. I did not understand why this was happening to me because I ate a healthy diet, went to boxing...

Join Special Guest Father Paul Abernathy for a Zoom Discussion on March 16th, at 7p.m. EST to discuss the Whole People Documentary Series and Trauma-Informed Community Development

On behalf of ACEs Connection , the CTIPP (The Campaign for Trauma -Informed Policy & Practice), and the Relentless School Nurse , we want to invite you to the streaming of parts 4 and 5 of the Whole People documentary series on the weekend o f M arch 12th through March 14th, 2021. We will stream both parts on ACEs Connection in the Transforming Trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival community. The documentary viewing will be followed by a discussion with special guest, Father Paul...

Join us for "Drawing Across the Color Line with Kids" and more! [embracerace.org]

If we think of drawing another person as a metaphor for truly seeing and honoring them, what does it mean that the children in our lives, White children and children of color alike, often exclusively draw White characters? As parents of multiracial Black girls we asked this question ourselves when we noticed that the racial diversity in their lives - friends, dolls, books, other children's media - wasn't reflected in the people they drew, who were largely White. It made us think about how we...

Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids' Mental Health [nytimes.com]

By Sharon Holbrook, The New York Times, February 11, 2021 I begged my 12-year-old to help me with the pandemic task of learning to dye my hair at home. I could have done it myself, but I’ve learned that small opportunities to feel useful and successful are good for kids’ mental health, which I’m especially attuned to in our current circumstances. Among the other ideas I’ve tried during these long months: Letting my kids practice phone skills by having them call to order takeout and asking...

Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism [pbs.org]

From PBS Kids, Public Broadcasting Service, February 2021 Children are never too young to learn about diversity. As young as 3 months old, they may look differently at people who look like or don’t look like their primary caregivers. As parents and caregivers, we must have confidence in ourselves and in our children — that we, and they, can handle tough topics and tough situations. We must understand that our role is to be honest, specific, and trustworthy as we raise the next generation to...

NC congresswoman continues fight for Black maternal health care, introduces 'Momnibus' legislation [wcnc.com]

By Tanya Mendis, WCNC, February 8, 2021 Congresswoman Alma Adams remembered vividly the day her daughter nearly lost her life. It happened when her daughter was trying to bring life into this world. “A physician overlooking my daughter’s complaints of pain in her abdomen, not listening to her needs as a Black woman,” Adams said. “Their dismissal of her pain almost cost my daughter her life.” Adams’ daughter’s experience is one that echoes through the Black community. Maternal mortality rates...

How adverse childhood experiences or ACEs impact your current wellbeing

Often, people who have a history of trauma in childhood find themselves struggling to flourish in adulthood. Trauma affects the brain in ways that can make you more likely to experience difficulty when faced with emotionally stressful and demanding situations in your relationships, at work, and as a parent. Throughout my life, both growing up and as an adult, I’ve faced a number of challenging life experiences, stressors, and traumas, and I understand this struggle on a deep, intrinsic...

Free Fierce Self-Compassion Mini-Retreat [centerformsc.org]

CMSC Circles of Practice: Public Offering is pleased to bring you this very special silent retreat in honor of women around the world. Harnessing Fierce Self-Compassion offers an opportunity to come together in a global community for practice, connection, and the chance to explore our innate capacity for fierce self-compassion. Presenters: Dr. Kristin Neff: Fierce Yang and Tender Yin Self-Compassion Dr. Marta Alonso: Fierce Self-Compassion and the Body Aimee Eckhardt : Parenting with Fierce...

ACE Parenting Theater Course

ACEs Parenting Theater Course Parents with a high ACE score may find it difficult to draw upon their own childhood memories for examples of positive parenting. They aren’t alone. For many, the way we parent our own children often mirrors the way we ourselves were raised, whether we do this consciously or not. You may think this only natural since one’s parents are the primary reference point for how to communicate, relate, and respond to others and to life. As they say, “You don’t know what...

Circle of Security Virtual Training

Hello ACE Followers, We are so looking forward to 2021 and we hope for a year filled with coming together, protecting our families and neighbors, and building stronger communities. I strongly believe that using Circle concepts, tools, and practices in our work and our personal lives can really transform relationships. We wished that our first training of the year could have been in person. However, the upside of having virtual trainings is that literally, anyone, anywhere in the world can...

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