Parenting with PTSD is an anthology and workbook for parents who are survivors of childhood abuse. Editors Joyelle Brandt and Dawn Daum are survivors of childhood abuse working to break the cycle for their own families. Raising children as an abuse survivor is often a lonely and isolating experience, as the triggers and flashbacks of abuse can be hard for non-survivors to understand. When they were looking for stories of how other survivors coped, and couldn't find any, they decided that something needed to change. So together they started an online community specifically for parent survivors, and started collecting essays to create Parenting with PTSD. Breaking the silence allows for an honest conversation about the lifetime journey of healing from childhood trauma. This is a combination of essays, journal questions, and recommended resources. It is intended to be a starting point to more conversations about how we can heal both individually and within our families, communities, and institutions. Our Mission: 1. To build a supportive community for parenting survivors, normalize the PTSD responses they may be having, and share resources for healing from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or other traumatic events. 2. To educate professionals working in the fields of physical, mental, and social health about common triggers that arise for parents with PTSD, and the challenges they experience while working to break cycles of generational dysfunction and abuse. 3. To help partners and families better understand the experience of parenting for abuse survivors.
Editors Dawn Daum and Joyelle Brandt are mothers and writers. Dawn lives on the East Coast of America with her husband and children, Joyelle lives on the west coast of Canada with her husband and children. These two moms are both survivors of childhood abuse who went looking for books about parenting after childhood trauma and couldn't find any. After a fateful meeting online, they embarked on collecting the stories of other survivor parents. The publication of this book is the realization of their dream to create that parenting book they went looking for and never found. To book Dawn or Joyelle to speak at your event, visit www.parentingwithptsd.com