Earlier in the month, Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection shared about her past and spoke openly on the topic of child abuse.
This is not an easy topic to speak about, but it is so very important that we do.
Often times as a Stay At Home Mom, I’m thrown the question, “Don’t you feel like you shelter your kids?” My answer is a happy, “Yes”, but I also am sure to discuss “scary” topics with them in the safety of our home. I realize my children are not always going to be with me, I won’t always be able to protect them.
While I was very blessed with an amazing set of Godly parents, my first husband was not. I believe due to his upbringing he did not know any other way to handle things.
When it was just he and I, I put up with all of it. I felt like I had “made my bed” and had to lie in it.
Once my son was born, the abuse didn’t stop, and it began to be directed toward him. That is where I drew the line.
Our children are a gift from God, and we are responsible for taking care of them. Protecting them from harm is one important part of our responsibilities as parents.
Abuse, takes on many forms; physical, mental, verbal, manipulative, sexual, etc.
We need to ensure our children are aware (at the appropriate ages) of all types of abuse.
The world we live in is not going to get any better, we must enable our children to be alert at all times to dangers they may run into.
Take time to think and pray about the right time to have these conversations with your children.
The world is a battle zone, don’t send them without the appropriate weapons.