You’ve managed to escape the abusive relationship and now you are on the road to recovery. You and your children need to rebuild your lives. Relationships are central to that rebuilding process.
Your children’s view of the world has been changed and you need to model to them that healthy relationships are possible while working on your own recovery. It is no easy task, but it is possible.
Jenn Rockefeller shares on BTSADV (Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence), exactly how to start modelling healthy relationships for your children.
Rockefeller advised that children need to be shown that in healthy relationships people show each other mutual respect, they make daily effort to build the relationship and they set healthy personal boundaries (display self-respect). This behaviour is modelled in all relationships; including colleagues, friends, family and neighbours.
According to Rockefeller, you model a healthy relationship by:
- Showing affection
- Having healthy arguments
- Meeting in the middle
The full article with details on these can be found here.