With the recent increase in domestic violence #Trending I think that now is a good time to talk a little bit about TeenDV, or teen dating violence. (more…)
Kids throw fits. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. How you handle those situations & how you communicate with your kids can set the tone for future tantrums too. (more…)
Along with anger is guilt. Even the loneliest among us feels guilt. It may be because of leaving someone behind to suffer in our place. It may be leaving behind your family because no matter how horrible they were to you, they are still family and disregarding those bonds is hard, even for an abuse survivor. It may be over feelings of betrayal or feelings that you deserved the punishment that was given to you. (more…)
Imagine a stone being thrown into a lake. That stone being thrown, that violent action causes the water around it to spread out into ripples. At first those ripples are close together and well defined and as time goes on they become wider and farther apart. This is the way that abuse affects our lives. Although the ripples are farther apart they are still there, even if you cant see the ripples I assure you they are still moving and still there. (more…)
My physical & verbal abuse stopped when I was around thirteen years old but the emotional pain would stay with me for years to come. After previously running away twice and even getting law enforcement involved numerous times, to no avail, the abuse stopped. There was no hero. There was no great victory. I simply ran away and refused to go back. Not because I was heroic, or because I finally had the courage to do something about it but because I physically could not take another beating. I was done, I had counted out and decided that if I died that night, it would be OK as long as there was no more pain. (more…)
Are you dealing with a surly teen? Someone that always seems to be in a bad or foul mood? Today I want to share an exercise with you that will help change potential negative situations into positive interactions. (more…)
Being creative is a natural outlet for stress as well as a major coping skill for many teens and young adults. (more…)
The Need for Independence.
If you can accept that rebellion is part of growing up and that it can be both positive and negative, the next step is learning how to deal with it. (more…)
Just a quick little post tonight to all the parents out there reading this.
Say the words “I am proud of you.” to your child. (more…)