Trauma-proof your kids

March 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's natural for parents to want to protect their children from trauma. Dr. Peter Levine, author of "Trauma-Proofing Your Kids," explains the baisc steps needed to instill resilience and confidence in our kids.

There are three basic steps parents can use to instill resilience:

1) Develop a calming presence. Parents should check their response to any situation. If they are tense, nervous or apprehensive their children will sense this and react. Children pick up major cues from their parents. Calm reassurance will sooth their child.

2) Communicate develop a dialogue with your children. Ask open ended questions Where do you notice it hurts? How does it feel? Direct your children to the sensation their body is experiencing. Feeling vocabulary box helps children put a name to what they are feeling example - (cold/warm/hot)(relaxed /calm /peaceful)

3) Create quality time- restore resilience through exercise, play, art and rhymes. Spend time at the park running. Imagine/ draw a happy place, draw a body and use color to express feelings within the bodycreate rhymes "Imagine that you're at your favorite place,It's quite and safe in your own special space".

Buy the book on Amazon: Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

The book covers everything from dealing with a bully at school to medical procedures to stress within a family, divorce and death.

Related link: Foundation for Human Enrichment

About Dr. Levine:
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. has been a pioneer in the field of stress and trauma for forty years. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment dedicated to the dissemination of his seminal work. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle -project. He served on the American Psychological Association's Presidential Initiative on Responding to Large-Scale Disasters and Ethno-Political Warfare. Peter's current interests include making his work available to underserved populations. He is the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (North Atlantic Books), available in twenty languages, and the book/CD Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body (Sounds True), as well as the audio -learning series It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding your Child through Trauma and Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound. He is a expert in the field of stress and psychology.