Family Village Notes (January 2018)
Donna Bernard led our discussion at the January edition of Family Village. Donna is a mom to two boys adopted through the foster care system and the Child Advocate at the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) here in Ruston. She is passionate about advocating for kids to be safe and in the healthiest environment possible by educating children as well as parents, foster parents, and other caregivers.
Donna talked about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect so many children and how understanding ACEs can help caregivers better understand the children that they are caring for. She also talked about resiliency factors and how implementing resiliency building conditions into a child’s life help he or she heal from trauma, tragedy, and stress.
She opened by sharing a TED talk featuring Nadine Burke Harris titled How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. She gives an excellent explanation of what an ACE score is and what it means in your life and the life of your child.
What can I do?
Donna provided a few practical tips for helping to care for a child who has experienced adversity and to build the resiliency factors in his or her life.
Promote healthy eating
Develop a daily routine including the same bedtime each night
Discourage a child’s negative self-talk
Tell and show the child they are loved and lovable regularly
See that they have contact with healthy adults
Model appropriate emotions
See what your ACE score is and learn more about ACEs.
For more information about DART.