Today’s discussion was prompted by a question from a mom. How do we help our children who have experienced trauma?
Trauma, defined as a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience,” prompts questions that have been asked from the beginning of time.
Why does God allow suffering? If God is good, why do bad things happen? And these are really good questions. But often with no satisfactory answers this side of heaven. We will not always understand God’s ways. We want to avoid pain at all costs. Even Jesus, God in the flesh, asked for another way when He was going to the cross.
Lori suggests that our first response in leading our children out of a traumatic experience should be to go to God and His Word. It is helpful to look at how He has worked in the past in a variety of traumatic situations.
Lori offers practical tips for moms on guiding children in processing trauma :
- The importance of prayer, seeking God and leaning into the testimonies of others who have also experienced trauma in their lives
- Understanding that trauma impacts us, but it is our response to trauma that shapes us.
- The value of perspective and lessons to be learned bringing post-traumatic growth
Mom, you are not alone!
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