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Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity

Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity
Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity by Sara E. Langworthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an important book that will build your insight into and empathy for our nation’s most important asset: our children. The scientific research is clear: “neglect and abuse can have lifelong effects on individuals.” And while you may think this is not your problem, it is–this is our problem.

The very young–the innocent–are disproportionately at risk for experiencing neglect or abuse per the data shared by Dr. Langworthy. “In 2012 babies in their first year had the highest abuse victimization rate of 21.9 per 1.000 children. In the U.S. in 2006, an estimated 15.5 million children lived in homes where domestic violence occurred in the last year. In 2012 almost 400,000 children were in a foster care placement in the U.S. ” (The number would be higher if the impetus wasn’t to keep kids with their biological families.) The facts are staggering. And they go on and on.

These children attend our schools, go to our churches, visit our markets, and live in our communities. And even if they aren’t our own, we touch them–we can touch them–we can be a positive influence to change the trajectory of their lives. And this book is just about that: how to identify children facing adversity and how to connect with them. Because that’s what they need–that’s what we all need to thrive and grow–human connectivity in the form of positive adult relationships early on in our development.

Certainly, teachers, volunteers, and caregivers of all types will benefit tremendously from the research, case studies, and personal stories this book has to offer. But all parents and adults can benefit from this book by understanding how our behaviors directly impact the development of the little ones around us.

The chapter titles are human-centered and action-oriented:
– How What We Feel Creates What We Know
– How What We Feel Builds the Brain
– How What Surrounds Us Changes Us
– How What We Experience Shapes Us
– When Those Who Love Us Hurt Us
– When Those Who Love Us Leave Us
– Reenvisioning the Response: Where We Go From Here

Let’s face it, we’re all a little broken. Some of us more than others. At some point in each of our lives someone reached out to us, to help lift us up when we needed it most–a connection was made, an ear was offered, a hug was given, a lead was shared, an interview was granted, a lesson was provided, a gift was taken.

This book is an education, an inspiration, and an invitation.

Some child somewhere can blossom because of you.

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2017-07-08T17:20:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity