Sunday, June 13, 2010

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Sunday, June 13, 2010

Today we are going to celebrate Anna’s 10th birthday! I am making homemade barbecued ribs for lunch with all the trimmings, as she requested. It will be a great family gathering, and the weather is excellent for eating outside.

Then it will be off to family therapy for a few of us downtown at 4:15. Yes, I will admit that some of us are in family therapy to try to learn to cope with some negative issues adversely affecting our family. No, we are not the perfect family; however, as a child and family advocate, I do work to seek professional help to try and improve our family situation. One thing I can say is that children who have been abused and neglected do come with problems, perhaps even life-long problems.

I always thought that if you gave a child love, support, and security, you would be able to overcome all prior history of abuse and neglect. Through experience as a parent of 11 adopted children, I can tell you that some children can learn to cope with their abusive backgrounds, but sometimes they do not. I am having a personal struggle with one of my children, and continue to seek counseling and therapy for us.

Please keep all troubled children in your prayers and your hearts. None of them deserve to be born into a hostile environment. Also, please pray for their parents, as it is a difficult road to travel.

Take care,
Karen



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