Toxic stress, like
fearful environments, can affect a child’s
brain development. There’s a stressful
situation, they know it. He’s grown up stress free. A lot more opportunities
to be a very happy, very energetic baby. I don’t want it to be a
situation where she’s afraid of us, I guess, just because she
knows she does something bad. And I want her to be able
to come and talk to us and know that we’ll
still take care of her even though we’re mad at her. If I’m frustrated
and I don’t tell her, but I interact with her in
a way that’s not healthy, then she is going
to pick up on that and that’s how she’s
going to communicate. So she’s very
affectionate, she’s very– she’ll tell me what she
wants and when she wants it. Parenting looks
different, right? Parenting is not always
a two-parent household. It’s not always a
male and a female. It could be several
different thigns. And understanding
that all children need to have encouraging
environments. And that’s one of the biggest
things that I’ve learned– is if that child has
encouraging environments that is as less stressed as possible,
that’s what’s most important. Toxic stress– to me,
it’s about a continuum of unbearable experiences
that a child is faced with. I also can look
back on my childhood and see that I was a really
stressed child because of that, because of ways
that I was raised. And that it’s just
not a good thing. I still carry a lot of
that stress with me. And so I think now I
have an opportunity to do different and
be different for her.

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