Last week, Thursday and Friday, I attended a training of trainers for the “Enough Abuse” Campaign in Newark, NJ. I am now ready to inform other parents, caregivers, community members, family, friends…you name it, of ways to help protect our children from sexual child abuse. I was amazed by some of the statistics and the obvious warning signs that are so easy to miss.
We learned how to notice signs that may suggest a child is being sexually abused or signs that an adult (including family members and role models) may be sexually abusing a child and ways to prevent sexual abuse from happening. It was a wonderful training and the overall message I got from it was the more dialogue we have with our children AND each other the better. We must get this conversation going to help reduce the numbers of children who are being sexually abused (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been sexually abused).
So as a certified trainer of the Enough Abuse Campaign, I have committed to conducting at least 4 workshops in a year with a partner. I’ll be sure to share my experience through this process.
I get the sense that he’s not ready to walk yet. He’ll take a few steps here and there but he definitely prefers crawling in thought that would change at the gym but I though. And I’m ok with that. I can wait a little longer before we REALLY have to run around after him.
Then we went to a football game and had a great time with family. I love spending time with my family, even my second cousins and aunts. There’s ALWAYS great energy when we are together. Unfortunately, we don’t get together enough. But we do, it’s a keke’ing good time.
My mom, brother, little one and I headed to a fair after the game. The little one got on his first carnival ride (with his uncle protecting him of course) and I had a chance to try a new restaurant. The food was ok but I found a bone in the goloff rice I was told didn’t have meet in. UGH!! Thank goodness Aunt Tracy was cooking up some goodness when we walked in the house. I added some pasta, mushrooms and spinach to my meal and it was DELISH!
We wrapped up the weekend with a PurpleLIGHT event in Edison, NJ. In honor of my Aunt Shelly, a pancreatic cancer survivor, we lit the sky with purple light. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network organized this event for the second year. People in different parts of the country did the same. It was a short and small event with loads of inspiration from survivors and family members of those who were taken by this ugly disease. More reasons to learn and spread the word about pancreatic cancer.
I’m finding that I tend to get really passionate about certain causes. I’m not sure that I would call myself an advocate yet but I believe that if I learn something worth sharing I should share it anyway possible. Maybe my sharing can lead to improving a life experience for someone else.
Making moves as a mommy…it’s a work in progress😉!