My brief life story from early childhood to working in a youth ministry

They lived in an apartment complex in the Wedgwood neighborhood where she attended Nathan Eckstein Junior High School. Dunham's parents wanted their year-old daughter to attend the newly opened Mercer Island High School.

My brief life story from early childhood to working in a youth ministry

We were not imagining the frustration. It took nearly four years to come to terms with the fact that living in a family with children who have experienced early childhood trauma s can be an isolating, lonely, and oddly enough traumatizing endeavor, with very unique and difficult challenges.

Our children can look physically healthy and happy, and yet their physiology has been altered by one or more traumatizing events in their lives.

Their biology is different. Their brains are physically different. How our children respond to day-to-day stressors is often outside the norm.

Our children can and do achieve in school and in other environments. Yet, sometimes they cannot. They can be behaving in socially acceptable ways one moment, and become dysregulated the next.


Confused about how to advise teachers, coaches and other caregivers? Parental instinct and daily realities constantly tell us something is not quite right, but so few resources are able to help us correctly identify what is going on AND what to do about it.

Trauma mamas and papas often find support, comfort and professional resources in private online groups or through private conversations with others living this reality.

Line up the therapists and begin counseling immediately. For your kids, for your family, for your marriage. We are simply too tired, to be quite honest, to do more than what is essential each day and yet we desperately need more professionals who understand trauma to be vocal advocates for trauma informed awareness and education.

Because traditional parenting methods do not work on children who have experienced trauma, because consequences have no lasting impact, because reward and punishments systems do not encourage positive behavior, because our kids often lack cause and effect thinking in the moment and because there is so little understanding in society as a whole about how trauma operates, if often feels like our family is David facing Goliath, with the whole world stacked against future healing and wholeness, through no fault of our child.

My brief life story from early childhood to working in a youth ministry

Personally, I get it wrong more than I get it right. Again, we need advocates! We need the training and education to leave academia and enter our educational systems, pediatric offices and our parenting models.

Maybe you, like I, have learned this the hard way? Maybe you, like I, lived in denial for a long time? Maybe you thought you could soldier through or shake it off?

Maybe you tried to convince yourself you were imagining things?


It can become increasingly difficult to maintain compassion and the desire to nurture, while simultaneously feeling guilty about this. We may shut down and withdraw or be on edge a lot of the time.

There can be hopelessness, anxiety, and seemingly unending frustration. Other issues may be more specific to the experiences parents went through during the adoption journey or to the experiences of their adopted children. So busy caring for the needs of those around them, that we forgot to remember we need to be cared for too.

If you can relate to anything written above, you are certainly not alone. The pain is real. The struggle is real. The trauma is real. The isolation is real. More so, the hope is real and the healing can be real too.

For our children and for us. There are communities of parents you can join who will support and encourage you.

Old Testament

I want my child to succeed in school, socially, and in life. Therefore, my choice is to either continue to view myself as minuscule and paralyzed David who is facing a monstrous Goliath, or remember that when David was armed with wisdom and knowledge of a greater plan, he was able to not only face the giant in front of him, but begin to dismantle it.

And as daunting as that may seem, perhaps that is exactly where you and I need to begin? What has been the biggest challenge of parenting trauma in your life?

Where have you seen the most hope and healing?Roy Anthony Martin was born on September 8, and fell asleep on September 16, These 30, days were not wasted.

Most of what follows is borrowed from a website belonging to TAPESTRY Christian Storytelling Alliance, a relatively new ministry that is blessed with talent and dedication, but a little short of funds at present.A small budget has not kept it from doing big things, however. Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, – September 6, ) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter, who directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

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In my other life I was a Mormon: Mormon Rules: The List