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Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talk ACEs.


Disney’s Encanto and generational trauma

Those of us who are first-gen immigrants see roles we can relate to in Disney’s Encanto. The one who has to do everything right. The one who carries the burdens. The one who feels the pain and tells the story.


Our childhood shapes us. But so do the childhoods and lives of our parents, and their parents. The effects of trauma and adversity (and resilience!) can be passed on from generation to generation until the pattern is broken.


Read this BuzzFeed post on what first-gen Latinos are saying about Encanto, and how the trauma of previous generations is present with all of us today.


Our childhood shapes us. But so do the childhoods and lives of our parents, and their parents.

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Number Story Partnership With Vivian Nunez

I love music. Recently, I was listening to a random playlist Spotify generated for me when a song titled “Before I Have A Daughter” by Bre Kennedy started playing. Bre Kennedy sings about building a garden that grows on the same ground where tears have fallen and hearts have also been broken. Her goal is to learn to tend to this garden so that it flourishes on both the good and bad days.