Hard to believe, but today ChildPsychMom.com turns two! The terrible twos, great! Seems like only yesterday that I wrote my first post, Do As I Say, Not As I Do. What I wrote then still applies. Parenting is hard work. Period. Ph.D. in child psychology or not! People come up to me all the time to tell me that they are working hard to try and follow my advice. You know what I tell them? ME TOO! It’s not too hard to give advice, what’s harder is actually following it. These past two years of writing have helped me see that so clearly. As parents, I truly believe that what’s most important is that we love our children and try to do our best in raising them. Trying our best doesn’t mean that we’re perfect. ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ is my goal more often than not.
With that being said, if you’ve been with me since the beginning you’ve likely noticed a shift in my writing. Over the past year, a series of events caused me to stop and think about my focus. Those events would take a book to describe, but suffice it to say that I felt a push that I could not ignore to work towards the prevention of child sexual abuse in my own community and more broadly in our nation. Given that the issue of child sexual abuse is what brought me to the field of child psychology in the first place, that push didn’t exactly surprise me. But it certainly did overwhelm me!
While I’ve continued to write about general parenting and child psychology issues, I’m now working specifically in the area of child sexual abuse prevention. I’m writing more on the topic here at ChildPsychMom.com and for national organizations devoted to the prevention of child sexual abuse. I’ve also become an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness To Light, where I lead the Stewards of Children training program in my community. This 3 hour workshop trains adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. And if you think that’s intense, just wait until you see what I’ve signed up to do this April. I can promise you that’s going to be as ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ as you can get!
So, another year in the books for ChildPsychMom.com. Thank you all for taking this journey with me.