People struggling with depression and/ or anxiety often feel weighed down. The weight of the world is on their shoulders, but they have zero motivation to get things done. Sometimes there are so many emotions it's hard to make sense of it all. And sometimes it's like they feel nothing at all.
A traumatic experience is any deeply disturbing event that exceeds our ability to cope, and keeps us stuck in fight, flight, or freeze mode. An intense event like fighting in a war and a less pronounced event like being punished as a child can both be traumatic depending on the individual.
Being a parent is one of the most joyous and rewarding experiences in life, but it is also one of the most challenging. There's no "right" way to parent, but there are better ways. Ways that foster connection, trust, and safety. Just entering your child's world can open so many doors for the relationship.