Trauma varies throughout childhood, adolescence, and into emerging adulthood. For young children, a disruption in their normal routine, such as parents separating or divorcing, may feel traumatic. Often, trauma leaves a young adult feeling confused about his or her personal identity or life goals. As parents, keep in mind that a wide range of events may be considered traumatic, and try to validate your children’s feelings. If you notice your child is acting differently, instead of focusing on punishment, switch gears and give your child positive attention. Spend time together, letting your child choose the activity. The supportive response may help your child regain a feeling of security and safety after experiencing trauma.
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