That’s why several authors think picture books are a good place to start.
Anger is Okay, Violence is NOT Author Julie Federico authored after spending 14 years as a middle school counselor and realizing that, while there were a few books to help tweens and teens understand violence, there wasn’t much in the way of books for little ones.
” ultimately offering other solutions, like painting a picture or playing soccer, even crying, when you’re mad.
It emphasizes that anger should not hurt others and, if you’re being harmed by others, tell a trusted adult.
Many times she might be afraid to tell you what’s going on.
Her boyfriend might be threatening to expose nude photos of her or in some other way blackmail her.
Sadly, many girls also mistake this sort of behavior as romantic – that their boyfriend loves them so much that he wants to be with them constantly.
But this is typical behavior of an abuser, isolate the other person from everyone else so their opinions of themselves are solely formed based on what the abuser tells them.
But, “if you start talking about it, it kind of starts to dissipate.” She wants to see domestic violence education, including how to recognize domestic violence and speak out about it, to be commonplace, just as much as teaching kids about the importance of seatbelts. I tell them, ‘You want to be dating someone who is more respectful than this.’” Her book is not exclusively centered on domestic violence.
“Specifically, the book is meant to allow the child to see his or her own experiences and feelings reflected in the story,” says Mc Cleary.
“In doing so, it validates the readers’ experiences, and reduces feelings of shame and isolation.” She says it also can help a child verbalize their own feelings and experiences.
They were demeaned and told that they’d never find another boyfriend and how they were expected to act.
When the girls tried to break up, the abuser would begin spreading rumors about them through school and sending direct messages to any unsuspecting new boyfriend.