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What Do We Mean by Presence?

Presence is being open to what is happening while it’s happening.

Unresolved Trauma and Loss Impair a Parent’s Ability to be Present

Parents may shut down or are paralyzed by intrusive thoughts. Dr. Siegel gives the example of a father who has been sexually abused, and explains that parents who are dealing with unresolved trauma need to seek help so that they can be open and present with their children.


Dr. Dan Siegel