Having CPS show up on your doorstep is a fear for many. As a former CPS worker investigating allegations of abuse and neglect in two states, I can understand the anxiety that comes from having CPS arrive in your life. No matter if CPS is at your door because of an unfounded claim or real honest-to-goodness […]
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Another lesson, dear ones: We owe it to our daughters to teach our sweet boys that when she stops having fun, the game is over no matter what base you’re about to round. If you need to use predatory language to persuade her to continue, you’ve lost your consent. Teach this lesson early, and teach […]
It took me a long time to use the word abuse. It felt like such a severe word for an occasional behavior. Even once I started to name the behavior, it still felt strong on my tongue, like maybe I was making it up or exaggerating things in my mind.
Maybe it was the full water bottle thrown forcibly at my head from an angry arm, the “accidental” shove onto the ice when I was six months pregnant, or the one mile walk up the expressway in 90-degree temps to visit my baby at the hospital after an argument when a truck door was opened […]
No boyfriend ever hit me, ever bullied me. My husband has certainly never raised a hand and barely his voice in the few times we’ve “argued.” But I can’t say that about my dad. He bullied. He punched. He grabbed. He yelled. He controlled. He manipulated. While my siblings, especially, my brothers, received physical abuse from his […]
Although she was born a New Yorker, Leigh Ann Bryant became a Texan by the time she entered first grade. She’s hung her hat here ever since. Leigh Ann has three sons and a husband (of 14 years!). She loves God, family, and travel. After working as a paramedic for six years, she earned her […]