Let’s start by saying today is a better day. 🙂 But the struggle is still very real and the fight is still on.
- Terrorism: to threaten a child or someone who is dear to him with physical violence, abandonment or death, to threaten to destroy the child’s possessions, to place him in chaotic or dangerous situations, to define strict and unreasonable expectations and to threaten him with punishment if he does not comply. Threatening to harm you, your pet or people you care about. Threatening to have children taken away.
- Exposure to domestic violence: to expose a child to violent words and acts between his parents.
- Making the child/teen feel responsible for the mother’s feelings.
- Threatening them with vague, unstated consequences.
Examples: This one was used once already but I will use again because it was definitely one that our kid remember after their mom tried to keep them out of state, as my other half drove up to where they were with a Sherriff, their mother was angry and while loading the kids baggage in vehicle she remarked “I’m going to shoot your dad. He will get what he deserves”
About the new wife “Why don’t you tell your wife to come up her to my house I have something for her..hahahahaha!”
At a soccer game while carrying her then 6 year old son the mother began trying to push the step-mother while cursing at her, as dad says “Are you really going to do this in front of your kids?” she responds “I sure am I can you what the F**k I want” wife and dad ask her go away and move away themselves. A few minutes later she yanks the daughter by arm and tells step-mom “These are my kids stop trying to act like they are yours you poor excuse for a mom.” Then goes behind dad and pushes him. Children embarrassed in public and in front of family–this would be a part of #2
I’m baffled how things like this can continue to happen with no consequences. Please help educate and pass on the word. Verbal/emotional abuse is still abuse!!!