Check out this research study from the Journal of the American Medical Association that I read about in the book “The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness” by Edward Hallowell, MD. It proves what I know in my heart of hearts… that a sense of connectedness is the most vital factor in ensuring our kids are protected from negative outcomes. When kids felt connected at home and school they were protected from:
Violent behavior Extreme Emotional distress Suicide attempts Drug abuse Early sexual activity
Listen to the video above for more interesting details about this awesome research study. For tips on creating this sense of connectedness for and with your kids, I highly recommend the book I mentioned above as well. In the mean time, let’s keep sharing about connecting with our kids every week. Let’s let them know we love them; that they matter to us; that they are important to us in ways great and small. Smiles.
Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach and is the co-creator of the Yogi Parenting approach to positive parenting.