Domestic Violence Prevention by Karen
According to Overcoming.co.uk, a website that focuses on mental health issues, "Crucial experiences that help to form our beliefs about ourselves often (although not always) occur early in life. It is, therefore, essential that children are introduced to the concept of self-esteem at an early age. In order to prevent domestic violence in future generations, children need to understand if what they are feeling is healthy and learn positive ways to feel better about themselves. "
This month's theme in the Section 8 housing complexes here in Puerto Rico is "Improving Self-Esteem". The social worker asked us to do a program for the kids which helps them understand that they are valuable and precious... even though many of the people in their lives tell them differently and treat them like trash.
We began by singing a song that includes fun accompanying motions, which explains that they are perfect in God's eyes. At the beginning it says, "I am God's perfect design." The kids were reluctant to sing along at first, but Chris lovingly encouraged them to participate. It was beautiful to watch them let down their guard and lift their voices. By the end many were giggling and encouraging the others to "do the moves". I didn't feel comfortable taking a picture knowing that the kids were feeling so self-conscience; so, I recorded my own kids singing the song just so that you could get a sense of what we do. Click here to see a video clip: https://youtu.be/O_YPR_xKc7Q
Here are a few photos of our craft time:
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