It is Easier to Build Strong Children than Fix Broken Men*
Updated: Nov 6, 2023
Holistic Parenting Insights - 2
Research has unveiled a stark reality: adults who've experienced childhood trauma face elevated risks of developing chronic health conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to chronic pain and autoimmune disorders. Additionally, the specter of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder, looms large for these individuals. Their self-esteem and self-worth often suffer, giving rise to self-destructive behaviors, negative self-perception, and even suicidal thoughts and actions. Childhood trauma becomes a sinister precursor to substance abuse, obesity, disability, the inability to form meaningful relationships, emotional numbness, and more.
As Frederick Douglass once eloquently stated, "It is easier to build strong children than fix broken men." This timeless wisdom underscores a fundamental truth: nurturing and supporting children in their formative years is a far more effective and compassionate approach than attempting to heal the deep emotional wounds of adults who have already endured trauma.
Creating nurturing, supportive, and safe environments for children is an influential and proactive means to cultivate emotional strength and resilience, thus mitigating the need for extensive interventions in adulthood. It is our collective responsibility to shape the futures of our children, fostering a world where resilience and compassion reign, and the shadows of childhood trauma recede.
* From the new book by Nora N. Nalinci: "Building Resilient Futures: The Power of Holistic Parenting in Preventing Childhood Trauma,"