When a police officer was asked how many robberies he had responded to since the Coronavirus impacted our country, the answer was quite revealing.
He only had to say a few words – “No robberies, family violence is what we are dealing with now.” Police stations across the country are seeing an increase of double digits in violence within the home. Although most of them are domestic violence between husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc…, we cannot leave out the violence that transpires between a parent and child.
The COVID-19 crisis has now developed into a family crisis. Even as Christians, we are not immune to violence and abuse in the home when you are dealing with a hurting and broken teen/young adult. Either we snap as a parent or our child does. Continue reading
Can you imagine a phone call that could change your life forever and shatter your dreams and hopes for your child? Can you imagine your world being rocked apart leaving you shocked, bewildered, numb, scared, and a plethora of other emotions that have you speechless?
Meet Shonda. She received one of those phone calls after her son Stephen was arrested. This wasn’t just a petty crime. This was much more serious. Murder. Continue reading
It’s 3 am and I get a visitor slapping a paw on my head. It is our foster kitty Panini. Skinny, torn ears and a funny crouch, we found him in our yard and quickly rescued him. After a visit with the vet hospital, Sausage (his new nickname) had quite a few medical problems and we were thankful he made it this far being a stray.
During his vet visit, we uncovered quite a few ailments he was suffering from. Although his stature is quite thin and small, he is one tough cookie. Both of his ears were ripped and there was scarring in his right eye. He cannot crouch down normally to the floor like other cats do. The vet believes that he was either hit by a car or fell out of a tree. He has a pretty strong heart murmur too. Continue reading
You have found cocaine in your son’s drawers as you put his clothes away. You’re devastated. You caught your child in the act of self-harming after promises of quitting. You are saddened. Your teen has “come out” as bi-sexual and you wonder where you went wrong. You’re guilt-ridden after finding out your daughter was taken from school to the hospital due to a suicidal attempt.
What on earth do you do? Continue reading
We love our children from the moment they are put into our arms. We raise them, teach them, encourage them, correct them, and give them tons of love and hugs.
Then one day, they hurt us by something they said or did. First time offense, we show forgiveness. Second offense, we begin to wonder if they understood their actions from their first transgression. By the third time, we are awakened to the fact that they DO know what they are doing and don’t care.
As parents of teens and young adults in crisis, we have many experiences of rejection, hurtful words thrown at us, property destroyed or stolen, total disrespect, physical or emotional abuse, and more. Then…something comes over us. We become resentful, disgruntled, exasperated, angry, and less loving. Continue reading