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As parents, it is your responsibility to love your children unconditionally and take good care of them all the time. You are in charge of their well-being as well as provide them all the things they need.
Apparently, it is challenging and stressful to become a parent, yet it is fulfilling and at the same time, priceless. When you reach this stage, your life will certainly have a full 360-degree turn. It is something to be proud of, especially when you know you are doing all your duties properly and you make your children happy too. You just have to endure the hardships and sacrifices, for these will pay off in time.
However, there are some problems that you will encounter along the way. No matter how difficult your situation is, your children’s welfare must be your top priority. You need to ensure their safety from anyone, including your family members.
Once you have learned that your child is being abused at home by your spouse or a family member, then you have to act upon it right away. Domestic violence should not be tolerated in any way for it can traumatize your children or worse, ruin their lives. Hence, here are some helpful tips to protect your children against domestic abuse:
Believe what your child tells you
Definitely, it will be hard for you to accept the fact that your child is being abused by your partner or family member. Nonetheless, you have to keep showing your love to your child and be more compassionate. Disclosing such a sensitive issue is never easy and at the same time, hard to believe, thus, make sure to hear out what your child says. If you need more information, then be calm and careful in asking them. You must avoid showing a sign of disapproval or relief when your child answers you.
Never let your child blame himself
Free your child from the self-blame game. It is never your child’s fault to be abused by anyone. As a parent, never blame your child for causing it or not telling you about it instantly. Experiencing domestic violence is a traumatizing incident, which is out of your child’s control. So, you need to understand the situation in a more mature way and make your child feel that he is not alone. Your presence and support matter the most in times like this.
Be informed that domestic abuse is against the law. You don’t have to deal with it privately, rather ask help from the legal experts. It may be a tough situation, but this needs to be addressed accordingly because your child’s life is at risk here. You may apply for an ADVO to protect your child from further violence. This needs to be acted upon immediately, for the longer you delay it, the bigger the chance that your child won’t recover any sooner. Therefore, get outside help to start your child’s journey to recovery.
Overall, parents play a very significant role in their children’s life. You have to protect, support, love, and take care of them always. Nevertheless, when problems occur within the family, you need to stand for your children. You may consider these useful tips mentioned above when domestic violence happens to your child. Take this opportunity to help your child recover and heal soon.