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Well this is it for sure! Your spouse just crossed the line for the last time + you are done with the relationship! You want out! No matter how many ways you phrase it or break it down - your teen directly defies what you tell them to do! You're certain you're not speaking another language + you're done. Absolutely finished! You're not sure what that looks like as a parent, but you know you're THERE!
Trust is sacred. Trust is a demonstration of love + respect. Trust is foreign to some, yet a comfort to all. Trust allows you to do the unthinkable + believe the impossible. Without trust...there is no relationship.... I'm sure this sounds a bit harsh, but it's true! Trust is the foundation for any relationship. You trust that you will be paid in two weeks for the work you do now. You trust that when you drive across a bridge it won't give out on you. Every place we go, we experience some level of trust. Is it any wonder when it's broken we become so defensive?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Child abuse is one of those sticky topics many people experience, but no one wants to talk about. We don't want to talk about it, because it means we have to get emotional + vulnerable. Becoming vulnerable is difficult for many of us. Another reason we don't talk about it is because we don't understand it. We don't understand how someone could abuse a child or we understand exactly how someone could abuse a child + that scares us. We might also be confused about what classifies as child abuse. Here is a link to the US Department of Health + Human Services which shares information about child abuse.
"The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other."
- Jane Blaustone
Parenting, like so many other things in 2016, has evolved dramatically since the 70's, 80's and dare I say -- even the 90's! This evolution of parenting has taken us away from the traditional sense of family, which consisted of Dad, Mom, brothers + sisters. According to Google, family is now define as a group of parents and children living together in a household. In reality, we know that people identify family as close friends, someone who shares the same beliefs, people who live together and on and on and on. There is no strict definition of family anymore. There are blended families more now than there has ever been.
I want to address a topic that is insanely controversial (see what I did there? Heh): THERAPY! The are two major schools of thought when it comes to therapy: therapy is for crazy people + therapy can be useful when you have a rough life. Now I understand everyone doesn't believe those statements. However, the majority of the population believes one or the other. If you're in one of those categories - this post is for you!
The thought of therapy can be intimidating, but going to therapy can be rewarding if you follow the professional's advice. Many people who have tried therapy say, "Therapy doesn't work." There are a couple of reasons they may feel this way: