When we talk about SwanWaters, we often explain it as a place of support and validation. There is a reason why we specifically highlight validation, because it fulfills a multitude of important functions in the process of recovery.
The word love-bombing implies that this is a phenomenon of intimate partner abuse. It is not though. Every abuser, in every setting will use this principal to groom and isolate their target.
To talk about abuse is not only good for targets. Abuse has far reaching effects on our communities, it is in all of our best interests to address the issue
Why don’t I point you in the direction of some of my favourite resources and structure your reading list a little?
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day! All that appreciation for parents! There is many many parents that greatly deserve appreciation, but there are also some…
The first step to self-reflection is definitely acknowledging that there is a need for self-reflection and self-improvement.
I was talking to my better half this week about how much our lives have changed since I have become introduced to the concepts of non-physical abuse. Until then I understood that my family had complex dynamics, and I even considered that there might be something actually wrong. But mostly I just thought that everybody […]
The first time we visited Community Renewal was in April, while some of the Founding Swans were gathered in Shreveport. All of us were deeply moved by the stories we heard, and the drive that the staff members had to make a difference in some of the most troubled neighborhoods of the city. The Seven […]
This week was Mother’s Day in most countries in the world. For me, as the daughter of a toxic mother this is a day that I typically want to spend in complete Social Media silence. My Facebook feed starts filling up with hundreds of posts about “a mother’s love is eternal” or “a mother holds […]
While gathered in Shreveport, we had the privilege to meet some of the people that work with Community Renewal International.