Presentation on theme: "Don’t Wait…Communicate!"— Presentation transcript:
1Don’t Wait…Communicate! The Turning PointRape Crisis Center of Collin CountyCounseling • Education • AdvocacyDon’t Wait…Communicate!A Parent’s Guide for Talking to Kids about Healthy RelationshipsSamantha G. Wyman, BSWCommunity Education Coordinator
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5Abusive BehaviorsWanting to get serious quickly and refusing to take no for an answerJealously or possessive behaviorsControlling, not taking opinions of others seriously and always checking up on dating partnerUsing threats and put-downs when alone or with friendsUsing guilt tripsBlaming the victim for what is wrongApologizing or giving excuses for violent behavior
7Warning Signs of AbuseSchool: failing grades, dropping out of school or activitiesAttitude: difficulty making decisions, changes in personality, acting out or being secretive, avoiding eye contact, getting hysterical, constantly thinking about dating partnerPhysical Appearance: bruises, scratches, or other injuries, sudden changes in clothes or make-upActivities: avoiding friends or changing peer groups, giving up activities, interests, or family time that previously was important, changes in eating or sleeping habits, using alcohol, tobacco or other drugsPregnancy: some teenagers believe that having a baby will help make things better, some girls are forced to have sex.
8If You Suspect Abuse Report Suspected Child Abuse At 1-800-252-5400 Give your teen a chance to talk. Listen to the whole story. Tell them you are here to help, not to judge them.If they don’t want to talk find another adult that you both trust for them to talk to.Focus on your child’s safety and self-esteem. Rather than putting down the abusive partner, focus on how unhappy the child seems and the potential for harm.Let your child know that abuse is often progressive.Report Suspected Child Abuse AtOr Online At
9Trying to Break UpEncourage your child that the break up should be final.Develop a safety plan with your teen ahead of time.Support your teens decision and be ready to help.Make sure your teen takes safety precautions. He or she should avoid being alone. They may consider changing their school schedule. Speak to a school counselor or administrator for help ensuring safety at school.
10Respectful Disagreements Good CommunicationequalityAcceptanceRespectFunFairnessRespectful DisagreementsSafetyHonesty
11It’s never too early or too late to talk to your teen about respect: respect for self and for others.
12Encouraging a Healthy Relationship Encourage open, honest and thoughtful conversation. Allow teens to express their expectations and values regarding relationships. This is an ongoing process rather than a one-time conversation.Be sensitive and firm.Keep in mind the pressures and risks that teens face.Take a clear stand.Utilize “teachable moments.” Accentuate the positive rather than just risk factors or negative consequences.Be an active participant in your teens life.Talk about how to be a friend. Help them learn how to stand-up for and help friends.
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