As parents with ACEs, we may have already passed on some ACEs to our kids already.
Whether we’re going through a divorce, or we have a mental health condition or substance use issue – the reality is that our kids face adversity, despite our efforts to protect them. Things may happen that are out of our control – like an act of abuse by a neighbor or other adult, or a family member’s incarceration.
Many of us find ourselves parenting the way we were parented, for better or worse. There are times we might lose control and make mistakes we regret. We may know what we don’t want to do, but aren’t as sure how to parent from a positive perspective.