What is it like to raise children after you experienced and endured trauma and it’s consequences for most of your own young life? It’s a complex situation at best. You provide your children with an environment you were deprived of. And the result is that you don’t really know the well-being your children experience. And, because you shield your children from your hardships, they don’t really know you either.

It’s not an easy thing to reconcile, but in this blog post written by a Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD, a Harvard Medical School trained psychologist and a trauma survivor herself, the many intricate threads of this experience are woven into a clear and concise description of the complexities of raising healthy kids when the parent has endured a childhood damaged by trauma.

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