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children; communication; relationship

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is the month set aside to promote awareness, celebrate survivors, and congratulate advocates of domestic violence and sexual assualt. And it’s all about Communication!

We teach our children bike safety, fire safety, and the effects of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. But sometimes it is difficult to teach them how to protect their body.

Learning should begin at a very early age.

My FREE  ‘Protect All Children’ Safety Guide is full of tips for empowering children with safety skills and even teaching parents how to empower their children can greatly reduce the “risk” of sexual assault and this wide-spread violence.

Everyday we hear another story about sexual abuse,  domestic violence, and the perpetrator. Hearing about “him” may create awareness and protective measures, but it is really about the VICTIMS!

It isn’t about reacting! It isn’t about responding!

It is about “reporting” And doing so immediately can save a life!

We need to use our strength and our voice to be effective and proactive. Remeber victims often live in a world of fear, guilt, blame and shame.

As a victim and a grandmother of a victim, I share my experience and knowledge  in TAKING ACTION:  the 1st step to PREVENTION of our violated, and vulnerable adults and children!

Your actions can help eliminate the opportunities for controlling, demeaning, manipulators to violate what is precious to us. Report anything you see that looks wrong, feels wrong, or sounds wrong to local authorities or law inforcement.

YES! Get involved! and Take Action to save someone you know from Domestic Violence!

Parent or Undercover Boss?

Have you watched the television franchise show “The Undercover Boss”?

It is a show where the boss (CEO) of a large company or corporation goes into the job site in disguise to investigate operations of his employees on a daily basis. He spends time getting to know the people who work in his company and learn about their personal and professional challenges. He later sits down with these employees and communicates his observations of their efforts. Great efforts are rewarded and action plans are taken to help those who are less productive.

As parents we can’t always follow our children to work or school and observe everything they do but we can communicate by asking the right questions.

  • What was the “best thing” or “worst thing” that happened to you today?
  • Who made you feel “good” or “bad” about yourself today?
  • What was the “nicest” or “meanest” thing someone said to you today?

Following each of these questions with “Why” can result in better communication and improved relationships.

By expressing interest in your child, paying close attention to their response, and letting them know you share their joy as well as their pain can be rewarding for both of you by building a stronger, better relationship.

Sometimes a smile that lights the face also warms the heart.