Childhood, Trauma and Historical Trauma

The neonatal intensive care unit staff tried everything they had learned at medical school to save the life of one twin born prematurely. They placed the twins in separate incubators to minimize the risk of infection but expressed doubt that both would make it. When one of the twins showed signs of stress three weeks…

Learning by Modeling Self-Regulation to Your Child

Ida Rose Florez, an assistant professor of early childhood education at Arizona State University, says it is important to model self-regulation with children from a very young age. For children and adults, seeking positive conflict resolution starts by making an effort to become actively engaged in the moment. Florez identifies that “children learn to regulate…

Modeling Healthy Relationships to Your Child

It was a cold morning in Los Angeles, where I live with my partner and our daughter. I was rushing to leave home for work, going over to-do’s while brushing my hair, when my partner approached me with a question about our annual budget. These are the moments that define trust in relationships as author…