Parents for Prevention
working together to end sexual violence
a project of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Middle School: Selfcare
Talking about changing culture, whether in your home, your school, or your community, can sometimes be exhausting. Some days, progress feels like one step forward and two steps back. Developing healthy coping skills in yourself and your children will help you all find the strength to push back against harmful words and actions, even when it’s really difficult.
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Holding It Together When You’re A Short-Tempered Parent
I never realized that I have a temper until I became a mother. Sure, people bothered me. I’d been in arguments and even a few physical altercations, but even then I never truly lost my shit. Then I had children, and my dormant crazy bitch came bubbling to the surface. It always catches me off-guard how quickly I go from zero to pissed off over seemingly minor infractions. It’s just that when I am in a state of perpetual exhaustion, small things are actually really big things. I don’t want to get mad at my child for splashing toothpaste water all over the bathroom mirror for the hundredth time after I reminded him repeatedly not to. I want to channel my inner Gandhi and remain calm but...
Teaching kids how to recharge and practice self-care
The time on the clock said 12:32 am. I groaned to myself in anticipation of what was to come. My husband leaned over and kissed me on the back of my head. For hours I tossed and turned, fluttering between a light sleep and severe sleeplessness. This isn’t a relatively new thing for me. I wake at a random time in the middle of the night and then I have a hard time falling back to sleep. It may have to do with my ADHD and the fact that because my medication has worn off in the middle of the night, my mind races a million miles a minute. I was awake from about 12:30 – 4:00 am.