Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) happen to one in five Oklahoma children by age 17. These traumatic events include abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. They can also include the death of a parent, divorce or poverty.
ACEs are often preventable, but when they do occur the effects can be mitigated. By prioritizing a nurturing relationship of love and acceptance with their children, parents can prevent ACEs and/or promote healing. Having routines and fair rules at home also aids in healing.
Parents need to remember healing isn’t always easy and it’s okay to ask for help. For mental health resources, visit 988Oklahoma.com.