Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering—and still growing! Millions have experienced bullying, violence (real or in the media), abuse or sexual molestation. Many other kids have been traumatized from more “ordinary” ordeals such as terrifying medical procedures, accidents, loss and divorce. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids sends a lifeline to parents who wonder how they can help their worried and troubled children now. It offers simple but powerful tools to keep children safe from danger and to help them “bounce back” after feeling scared and overwhelmed. No longer will kids have to be passive prey to predators or the innocent victims of life’s circumstances.

In addition to arming parents with priceless protective strategies, best-selling authors Dr. Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline offer an antidote to trauma and a recipe for creating resilient kids no matter what misfortune has besieged them. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids is a treasure trove of simple-to-follow “stress-busting,” boundary-setting, sensory/motor-awareness activities that counteract trauma’s effect on a child’s body, mind and spirit. Including a chapter on how to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise during the various ages and stages of development, this ground-breaking book simplifies an often mystifying and complex subject, empowering parents to raise truly confident and joyful kids despite stressful and turbulent times.

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  1. Sarah Chana Radcliffe said,

    Wrote on February 16, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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    Essential Reading for Every Parent!, May 3, 2008
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    This review is from: Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience (Paperback)

    Peter Levine has written the first book for parents on helping their child deal with shocking, traumatizing and otherwise overwhelming events. This is a book parents should read as soon as possible – so they will be prepared for when they need the information contained within its extraordinarily wise pages. You never know when your child will face a potentially traumatizing situation – you only know that life is full of them: emergency medical procedures, amusement park experiences, assault, dental procedures, death of a family member, divorce, acts of terrorism and all the rest. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids shows parents how to take care of THEMSELVES so that they can actually help their kids handle overwhelming situations without experiencing traumatic after-effects. The book is detailed and practical – a truly helpful guide for parents.
    Sarah Chana Radcliffe
    Author, Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice

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  2. E. Martinson "SEP" said,

    Wrote on February 16, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    Everyone should have this book, December 22, 2008
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    Every parent, every teacher, every grandparent, everyone who deals with children should have a copy of this book. They should read it and apply what they learn from it. I am a trauma therapist and I have given a copy of it to everyone in my own family who has kids as well as recommending it to clients with children. It is the consummate book to help create a happier and healthier generation. Trauma will occur no matter what and if a child is taught ways to keep their nervous system regulated and running smoothly they will be less likely to develop long term trauma related illnesses. If you use this book with your kids and you become a grandparent, you can be sure that your kids raise their own resilient children. Here is a way to make the world a better place, starting at home and letting it spread.

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  3. Jude Jussim said,

    Wrote on February 16, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    Essential reading for parents, teachers, childcare workers and pediatricians, May 21, 2010
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    I wish I had read this book before my son was born. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    By “trauma-proofing” Levine and Kline don’t mean preventing broken bones, but rather preventing problems and symptoms that can arise from the inevitable traumas of normal life–ER visits, dental care, separations, accidents, seeing someone else injured, etc. By reading this book, you will be able to help your child in dealing with these, and make them more resiliant in dealing with future traumas.

    Traumatic experiences initiate body processes at a very primary level–in humans just as in animals. When these processes are interrupted, it can undermine health and psychological well-being. Fortunately,if you’ve read this book, you will know how to give yourself and your child the kind of psychological first aid that can allow these processes to complete normally, preventing future problems and increasing their resilience.

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