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Your Childhood Experiences Impact Your Parenting

In Parenting by Carly Baker

Being a parent is hard. Even the best parent finds themselves in situations where they have regrets. Or at the very least, they say or do something to their child and wonder: where on Earth did that come from? For the good and bad we bring into our roles as parents, a big part how we act and react is informed by our childhood experiences. Consider the following aspects of your childhood: Relationships. From the time we are children, we model our interpersonal interactions and relationships on what we see from our parents, from family, from parents of friends, and even on television. Therefore, what we saw can be incredibly powerful, even if we don’t realize it as adults. For example, if we see our parents treat each other with …

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#METOO and Coming to Terms With Trauma

In Domestic Violence, Health, Lifestyle by Sarah Hink

If you watched the Golden Globe Awards, you may have been inspired by solidarity amongst actresses, the black dresses, and the electric feeling of change. The #MeToo movement is very real and has had an incredible domino effect of bringing national attention to sexual harassment and assault that so many women have experienced. In fact, the #MeToo movement was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and has resulted in the stunning career downfalls of powerful men, like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., and Al Franken. When Oprah accepted the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes ceremony, she gave a stirring speech that brought on calls for her to run for president. In it, she stated that she was “especially proud and inspired by all the women who have …

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

In Domestic Violence, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Domestic violence is a very real and significant problem. Unfortunately, children are victims of domestic violence too, even if they are not physically harmed. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that “1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.” For children, exposure to domestic violence can be life altering, and not in a positive trajectory. Domestic Violence is Terrifying for Children Developmentally, children need safety and stability. Domestic violence destroys both of these essentially needs. According to a heartbreaking 2011 Department of Justice research study, in response to witnessing domestic violence, “[a]lmost one-half of the youth surveyed reported yelling to try to stop the violence or trying to get away from the violence”, “49.9 percent …