It’s every mother’s worst nightmare to find out that their sweet little babe has been through the unimaginable: Abuse. Abuse can come in many forms…physical, emotional, sexual, verbal…the list goes on and on and it is all horrific and so much more common than we realize! Some of you may wonder, ‘Why does this even have to be a thing we have to teach our kids about!?’ The crazy thing is, is that 80% of child abuse comes from someone you or your child already know. It is so much better to be prepared for something to happen, than to be blindsided by such an awful event.
There are so many things racing through a child’s mind who has suffered abuse…fear, guilt, shame, just to name a few. So how do we make sure abuse never happens to our kids? In short, we can’t, unless we plan to be with our child 24/7 until they are 18 years old…which unfortunately we cannot do.
However, we CAN use these tools and tactics to help our children understand the difference between safe and unsafe, and give them the tools to keep themselves safe.
Your child may not want to talk about what happened right away, but KNOWING is the first step.
The best thing you can do is work on having an open, trusting, loving relationship with your child. This obviously takes hard work and serious love every single day, and it takes a lot of reflecting! Put yourself in your child’s shoes, and work from there. There are awesome books on Amazon that tackle this tough issue in a super kid-friendly way…if you feel more comfortable teaching your child that way, go for it! Kids pick up so much through stories and through play.
If your child has suffered abuse or you suspect your child has suffered abuse, please reach out! There are many different organizations in every state to help you navigate what you are going through. You are not alone, and there are so many other moms in your exact same shoes; trying to find healing for their child, their family, and themselves.
All we can do is strive to give our kids the best chance out there in this big world of unknowns. May we ALL support, lift up, encourage, and carry each other along the way.
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