Sometimes you have to have the tough talks with your kids to make their lives better in the long run. Easy it isn’t, but it’s one of a mom’s most valuable jobs.
Reese Witherspoon wants her two children to avoid getting into abusive relationships, so she’s talked with 12-year-old Ava and 8-year-old Deacon about the very public case of Chris Brown‘s felony assault on Rihanna.
“My daughter knows what happened. My son knows as well,” she tells People magazine. “We talk about what is abuse. I think it’s important to talk to our daughters – and our sons – in order to educate them at an early age about what’s appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable.”
Reese is so passionate about the issue – and about helping keep women safe – that she serves as the Global Ambassador for the Avon Foundation, where she represented the organization at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters.
It’s a subject we all need to be more aware of and involved in. One in three – that’s one out of every three, folks – women in the U.S. and worldwide will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Chances are the lady behind you in the supermarket checkout line grew up hiding as her mother was beaten by her father, and the teen girl who seems to have no cares in the world has been hit by the boyfriend she can’t bring herself to leave.
Educating our children is one vital step in stopping the cycle. “We talk about domestic violence and what it means,” Reese says. “Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they’re starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world.”
Will you follow Reese’s example and talk to your children about domestic violence today? Let us know.
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