Credit and Appreciation go to: Samantha Daniels


Some kids just “feel” trauma more keenly than others. The things they’ve seen and experienced seem to affect their behaviors more strongly than others. Our buddy Steven is one of those kids. On most days, he’s exactly the kind of kid you’d love to be around. He’s very helpful and a people pleaser. He loves playing outside just as much as he loves playing inside with his video games, super heroes, and Star Wars toys. Steven has never met a PBJ sandwich he didn’t want to eat, but he’s not a big fan of green beans, fish, or onions (and who can blame him?!). But sometimes, something triggers a memory or a feeling and he goes back to his childhood trauma, and the emotions just flood over him. He can become defiant, argumentative, and aggressive as he works to understand why he’s feeling the way he does and how he’s supposed to process all of these emotions that hit him all at once. It’s a tough task for a kid like Steven, but here’s the cool part. He’s willing to put in the work to understand. He’s willing to put in the work to learn better ways to react when his past comes back to him. And he’s making great progress, but he needs a safe place to land when he’s going through this process. He needs to know that someone is in his corner, waiting to take his hand and walk with him. We all deal with our own baggage in life, don’t we folks? It’s never easy, but the difference for us is that we have a support system to wrap around us and make us feel safe and loved and wanted during the storm. Steven needs and deserves that, too, and we know you’re out there. Steven is a great kid who just needs the stability, safety, and support that you can provide to get through this turbulent time in his life and come out smiling on the other side.

Age: 15

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