What DO the Kids See... (Connie J...)
As I have been preparing for our Art Exhibit, on June 28, 2019 (see announcement on Ozer Ministries, Inc, Facebook page; or Upcoming Events here on the website), I have been sort of, for lack of a better term, "channeling my 6 year-old self".
For one of my projects, entitled "Kaleidoscope of MY Childhood...", I made an open hand with the word "SAFE" in the middle of the palm, with hundreds of words written very small in different colors, completely filling in the rest of the hand.
I used a variety of words: positives - such as LOVE, PEACE, TRANQUILITY, BEAUTIFUL, etc; as well as negatives - HATE, TRAUMATIC, WAR, UGLY, etc.
It was very cathartic for me; and got me remembering things my inner child saw that has shaped much of my adult life.
Things that had a positive effect - my parents WERE married 64 years before my Father passed, proving love and commitment CAN get you through anything; as well as the negative effects - ie - when you have a fight with someone, and they keep hounding you to talk it out, you leave (even if you have to climb out a window, to get away). Or, your consequences for your choices/actions are ANYONE else's fault but your own - you DESERVE better than that!!!
And I grew up in a very covert Domestic Violence situation, with no physical abuse. Imagine how kids whose parent's have the police called because of their fights, feel? Or those who are physically abused? I could go on, unfortunately...there is NO limit to what kids see, today!!!
I just want to ask you to think about how what YOU are experiencing, IS affecting your kids. No matter how much you try to keep from them; they ARE affected. They know...
Have a good day, and be safe... #ENDtheSILENCEofVIOLENCE #EtSoV