The narrative around children’s health in the United States often focuses on protection from harm, specifically physical harm. Yet, this narrative fails to acknowledge that a fundamental part of growing up with wellbeing is meeting both physical and emotional needs. As a result, parents, family members, foster parents, and other caregiving adults of all backgrounds often lack the awareness, training, or resources to provide comprehensive emotional support for the children in their lives.
Innovative practitioners are changing this norm and enabling caregiving adults to care for kids’ physical safety, academic achievement, and emotional stability.
Their solutions often develop support systems for parents, teachers, and other caregiving adults which enhance their own self-awareness, provide them with emotional support, and therefore improve their ability to care for their children’s whole selves.