Stress and challenging experiences are a normal part of life for all families. Sometimes these experiences can feel overwhelming or challenge the child's ability to see the world as a safe and predictable place. 

Research shows that witnessing or experiencing traumatic events in childhood can impact the physical development of a child’s brain. You can help reverse the effects. In fact, as a caring adult, you could be the most important factor in helping children heal. Click here for information and resources regarding trauma and toxic stress in young children.

Follow our Facebook and Twitter as we share Your Everyday Gestures Can Help Children Heal materials, created in partnership of the Defending Childhood Initiative, the Ad Council, and Futures without Violence. Through social media, we'll be sharing examples of how all caring adults can practice these gestures with children: Celebrate, Comfort, Listen, Collaborate, and Inspire.