November 1, 2022

Developmental psychologist John Bowlby said that children need a secure base to grow up emotionally healthy. One of the ways to help foster stability in children is to practice traditions that give them a sense of identity and security. 

Since it's family story month I encourage you to strengthen practices in your home that foster a sense of belonging and emotional security. Make a safe space for family discussions. Eat meals together. Have a family game night once a month. 

Research shows these simple acts buffer kids against things like drug abuse and help build resilience. 

-Jerry Strausbaugh, EdD, LPCCS, Executive Director

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