Healing is something we all want for ourselves and our loved ones. We want them to be healed from bumps and physical hurts. We also want them to be healed from social-emotional hurts as well. Let’s pray for healing from adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). There are a number of children and adults who are still trying to heal from living with a caregiver (or themselves) who struggled with substance or mental health challenges (such as drugs, alcohol, single parents, depression, incarceration, extreme stress, or violence like shouting or hitting).
We can work together to reduce and prevent adverse childhood experiences for children. Some of the things we can do include:
- notice if a child acts scared
- notice if a child acts withdrawn
- offer small talk
- smile and show respect
- model patience and kindness
- volunteer at community or church youth activities
- give sincere compliments
Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration. List what you can do to safely help someone who wants to be healed.