SOCIAL SCIENCES

Securely Attached: How Understanding Childhood Trauma Will Transform Your Parenting

Northfield. Oct. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780802419651. pap. $15.99. CHILD REARING ;.
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Everyone experiences trauma, defined as an imprint left by experiences over our mind and body. The Berrys (The Adoptive Parent Toolbox) assert it changes the way we see the world and ourselves, adjusts how we interact with others, and can challenge our sense of safety. As new foster parents, the Berrys were unprepared for the traumas faced by the children in their home. They learned that loss and uncertainty can trigger feelings of abandonment and that the effects of loss of control from childhood can linger into adulthood. Positive attachment can help children process trauma, but it requires patience, trust, consistency, connection, and time.
VERDICT This will be especially valuable to parents looking to create a supportive home for foster or adopted children, but it will also be a useful resource for a wide range of parents, especially in times of crisis.

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