The ’12 Days’ of Christmas Calm by Nicole Fakaua, M.C., RCC, CCI Coach   With the holiday season in full swing, and the ballot of the 12 days of Christmas barreling in the background, it’s so easy to get caught up in the crazy Christmas chaos that can take over our lives. As wonderful a time of the year as Christmas is, it can also equate to a whole lot of stress. Now for youth with a background of complex …

Summer, Sunshine, and Stress by Nicole Fakaua, M.C., R.C.C. Summer holidays usually conjure up images of sunshine, sweet watermelon, and happy kids playing along the beach.   But let’s face it, for many kids with a trauma background, summer holidays can also be stressful!  Normal routines have been bypassed by longer, leisurely days filled with a degree of flexibility and unpredictability on many fronts.  Though enjoyable, this can be particularly challenging for kiddos with a history of trauma.  As a result, …