Vacation Mode: How to Set Your Kiddos Up for Success for a Trip Out of Town

Jun 12, 2024

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care

The Restore Network exists to change the culture of foster care and equip God’s people to meet the needs of vulnerable children and youth. The children we serve have experienced complex developmental trauma and their experiences have changed their brains, bodies, beliefs, and behaviors. These resources are created to equip caregivers, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and our church partners to navigate the joys and complexities of caring for these vulnerable children. The resources we offer are based on the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention created by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University as well as other areas of attachment theory and relational neuroscience which we believe line up with how God created our brain and bodies for relationship and the design plan for human flourishing.

In this recording we address the trickiness of taking kids with histories of developmental trauma on vacation. Vacations might be a new experience for your kid and with that might come some unease and fears. Take a listen to Ashley Bennett, our Director of Trauma Informed Care, encourage us to have the right mindset for these trips and put in place some things that will help our kids to experience felt-safety and remain or return to regulation while vacationing. We hope if you give some of these ideas a try, you’ll be able to find some joy on your upcoming trip! Happy travels! 


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