Families all over the Gulf Coast are experience the trauma of a natural disaster. Families all over America are watching the events unfold on the nightly news. Certainly the trauma of being present in the event is potentially the most damaging. But watching such catastrophic events unfold even on TV can have some effects, especially on children and adolescents. Talking about traumatic stress among family members have the effect of rallying the primary circle of support for its members.
[Lightening the Load for Mentally Ill Parents] The depression had lasted long enough that Loran Kundra thought she should explain her “crying sickness” to her 3-year-old daughter. Kundra had spent days in bed, staring for hours at the same spot. Little Megan had seen her cry too often. Kundra feared the child would blame herself. So Kundra sat Megan down at the top of their stairs at home in Wayne.
It has been popular to denigrate motherhood for a long time. Our culture has been quite creative lately on TV. When was the last time you say a TV show with a mother in a role beyond a pitiful victim or ditzy sit-com character? Here is an article with a refreshing point. [NY Times] It’s common these days to hear people say they don’t have time to maintain friendships. Real relationships take a lot of time and work – it’s much more convenient to keep in touch by e-mail.