Stress in Your Home and How it Impacts your Child’s Mental Health: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Anxiety, stress and trauma all directly impact a child’s behavior. Often these challenging behaviors can be mistaken for attention disorders, learning disorders, delays and other mistaken problems.


Anxiety can lead young children to have tantrums, scream, refuse to listen, hurt others and have troubles in school or childcare. Recognizing anxiety in young children is an important step to helping your child have strong social-emotional skills and to help them behave in a more desirable fashion.


I used to run group events showing the documentary on this study. We would encourage people of all walks of life to come. Stress and trauma in the home can happen to anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, education level, race, religion and so on. Educating yourself on this topic is the first step in helping your child have a happy and successful childhood.

Mental health and personal traumas used to be a taboo topic. Luckily it is slowly becoming more relevant and popular to discuss among peers and others on social media.


Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACES, is a large study that is aimed to discover how adversity during childhood impacts physical and mental health in the future.

A medical doctor, Vincent Felitti, created the study; he noticed a trend in his patient’s health and the experiences they had gone through in the past. Himself and Robert Anda, a member of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), started their research in the mid 1990’s. The research is still ongoing and the findings are statistically significant and mind-blowing.

They interviewed patients based on 3 areas of Adverse Childhood Experiences and 10 specific experiences:


The study found that when a child has experienced multiple ACES (called their ACES score) they are more likely to experience:

  • Risky health behavior- early pregnancy, STD’s
  • Chronic health conditions- mental health disorders, higher risk of cancer and diabetes
  • Low life potential- substance abuse, low education, job instability
  • Early death- higher risks of heart disease and other illnesses.

Luckily there are ways to help your child cope with whichever ACES they have experienced.

Research suggests that working with a mental health professional, social worker or one of our Child Behavior Experts at Recipe for Parenting can help reduce the long-term impact of childhood adversity and trauma. Email us below for more information and future posts on this topic.



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