my mom smack me in my face 4 times
WHAT YOU CAN TRY NOW:
Sometimes the things our parents do can be scary and confusing, thank you for sharing your story here at TeenCentral your story. It sounds like this was a scary experience for you, but you were very brave for telling us about it.
Do you have any older siblings, cousins, aunt/uncles, another parent/grandparent, or even a close friend that you feel safe and comfortable with that you could talk to about this? They may be able to help you better understand what happened and talk with your mother so that this does not happen again.
If you are ever feeling unsafe, remember that it is always ok to ask for help. You can reach out to Child Help USA National Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or at www.childhelpusa.org. The people at Child Help USA National Hotline are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help. You can also check out our blog ” Getting Help for Abuse on Your Own” which gives some more resources and some ideas on how to maybe start that conversation with a trusted adult.
WHEN YOU ARE READY:
Even though you are still a child, you do have a voice and your voice and feelings DO matter. You can use your voice and feelings to help establish Healthy Boundaries with yourself and others. It is up to you to find this voice. If you have a trusted person, such as one of the examples listed above, you can reach out to them to help you find your voice to speak with your mother respectfully about how you feel and work together to help find better ways to manage uncomfortable situations. When you do this, it will help to establish clear Healthy Boundaries with yourself, with your mother. And with others in your life.
Once you can figure out what these boundaries are and have a plan, make sure you do what you can to stick to them and communicate them the best you can with those around you.
If you ever need help, take time to explore the rest of our website. We have plenty of resources to help in many situations. If you have not already scrolled through our What’s New section or other Stories, then I suggest you do that when you can. Here you will find plenty of blog entries and stories from others about many topics. These have been extremely helpful for many readers. If you navigate to our Tools tab you will find more activities and information. Take a look at Support Plan and Making Hard Decisions. These will help to identify your support system and how to make tough decisions when developing your plan.
Remember that no matter how much you may feel alone that there is always someone out there to help. You just have to find them. Take care of yourself and best of luck developing your support system and plan!