Poverty: a toxic environment for Tennessee children

Poverty: a toxic environment for Tennessee children

September 28, 2016

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“Parents raising families in poverty are constantly stressed. They worry about paying bills and meeting the basic needs of their children while working minimum-wage jobs. Their children are stressed both at home and school, where they are teased for being dirty, tired and hungry.”

The Traumatic Life of Tyrell

The Traumatic Life of Tyrell

August 23, 2016

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“Stability and love were like a foreign language to him.” 
At age 4, Tyrell was already headed for a lifetime of trouble. Pre-K teacher Ellen Summer often found him playing alone in the street, noting rare adult supervision, and she never saw anyone hugging or kissing the little boy. Even at a distance Ellen could see the ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) adding up.
Parenting Groups Tackle Childhood Trauma

Parenting Groups Tackle Childhood Trauma

August 23, 2016

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When young children go through long periods of stress and trauma, the effects go deep. The experiences have a lasting effect on their emotional well being and how their brains develop.

Present and Sober

Present and Sober

July 19, 2016

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“I was irritable and short with my kids when I was under the influence of substances,” Danielle said. “They thought it was their job to keep me emotionally stable and make me feel better.”

Take the ACE Quiz ---What It Does and Does Not Mean

Take the ACE Quiz ---What It Does and Does Not Mean

July 13, 2016

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Find out what the 10 most common ACEs are, how they affect a child's brain development and how they perpetuate a cycle of abuse and neglect. Learn what you can do to help end the cycle.

Giving Father's Day a New Meaning

Giving Father's Day a New Meaning

June 6, 2016

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Drug use landed this father, husband and electrician in the addiction recovery unit at the Davidson County Correctional Development Center. That’s where he met Jenn Martin from The Family Center, who challenged and changed his attitudes about parenting. Read about his journey here...

We're Changing Our Community!

We're Changing Our Community!

June 6, 2016

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Having a jailed parent can lead to a toxic stress response in a child, causing the body’s stress systems to go on “high alert” and remain there. Many children’s futures are undermined when stress damages the brain, affecting learning, memory, emotional control, planning, understanding consequences and thinking abstractly. Learn how TFC is making a difference...