Acceptable social behavior and engaging in social interactions are vital to every child’s development. However, due to the ongoing pandemic that has included quarantines and sporadic lockdowns, many children are being denied those fundamental social interactions that are so vital to their well-being and healthy development.
“I had the worst day of this entire pandemic yesterday…” — father of two young girls.
Forthright statements like this indicate that many parents are reaching their breaking points. This particular father is working full-time remotely from his home while simultaneously trying to manage his daughter’s hybrid homeschool schedule.
And he’s not alone. The cumulative impact of this unresolved situation can lead to an increased stress level over time. What’s more, accumulated stress can render previously successful coping skills far less effective over time.
Some parents report that they are drinking more alcohol than they ever have before in their life. For many, this has become a nightly activity. While they are fully aware that they are “self-medicating,” they feel that they have no other choice in their desperate attempt to cope with their current work/life/school/children challenges. …
The conventional wisdom surrounding the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is based upon the presumption that those with PTSD have irreversible neurological changes. However new research suggests otherwise and could have far-reaching consequences for the treatment of PTSD.
Trauma is the emotional and physiological response to a terrible occurrence. This event could be experiencing combat, rape, a natural disaster, or some kind of an assault.
The reflexive reaction when we are faced with danger is to go into fight-or-flight mode. …
People continue to die at an alarming rate and families are suffering all around us. And many others are grieving the loss of their jobs and businesses, freedoms, and are experiencing a forgotten sense of normalcy. People across the country have lost their sense of security and feeling connected.
While they may not express it, children are feeling all of this. And children have their losses as well, such as grieving the loss of childhood rites of passage — school ceremonies and events, organized sports, sleepovers, and just hanging out and “chilling” with their friends. …