We hear that message a lot: “Kids are resilient.” We usually hear it when hard things have happened:

These events can cause a lot of stress for some children, and when kids don’t have the right amount of support, the events can cause damage. As we learn more about how children’s brains develop, we understand that ongoing stressful experiences can cause real damage to the brain and to children’s overall physical and mental health and well-being—even into adulthood.

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