Link – Olympic Gold: Child Abuse and Strong Families

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Three very different, famous, stories, and only one bottom line:

Bottom line: Open communication and shared love in a family make a difference when bad things happen to a child.

If children feel safe and loved in their family before bad things happen, they are more likely to share these experiences with their parents and get the help they need.  If not, shame and anger can easily lead to self-destructive and harmful ways of coping.  And even if the bad things that happen to a child are the more normal problems of bullying, school difficulties, or simply feelings of insecurity, family bonding can still make all the difference for how kids talk about, deal with, and—when necessary—get help for their problems.

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