You know there are some things that are just not spoken about very often – those things that are mis-understood, scary or open to judgement, maybe admitting to them feels like you’ve failed? Maybe they’re just too emotional and holding it in is what keeps you going? Or maybe it’s just that no-one talks about it and you’d feel uncomfortable or unsupported doing so?
Here on The Adoption Social we think it’s about time that we should be able to speak freely about some of those things, no more sweeping under the carpet or dodging the elephant in the room. And so Adoption Sore Points is our new initiative to do that – a whole week of posts on a specific subject, with guest posts, resources, a scheduled Twitter chat, reviews and a #WASO theme.
Our first Adoption Sore Point is ‘Child to Parent Violence’ or CPV. There has been a little bit of talk about this recently, with research into it, and an increase in training programmes to support parents who are living with CPV, but we still think that there are people out there who have never heard of it, or think it’s normal, or are too scared or ashamed to ask for help.
We understand that being on the receiving end of domestic violence from your child is difficult. We’ve both experienced it from our children. But we know that if we want better understanding and good support then we have to share our experiences, we have to tell people what happens, we can’t help our children until we do that.
18-24 May is when we’re hosting our Child to Parent Sore Point Week, with posts on The Adoption Social, on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.
What’s going on?
18-20 May Guest posts published
21 May Twitter chat, from 9-10pm #TASCPV
22-24 May #WASO, theme: CPV
All week – a special avatar (or image) that you can use on Twitter or as your Facebook profile to show your support and interest in CPV awareness.
On Friday our usual Weekly Adoption Shout Out will have the theme Child to Parent Violence too, but as usual you won’t have to link on that theme.
However, if you would like to write about your experiences of CPV and would prefer that it wasn’t on your own blog, please do get in touch because we can offer you a guest space – anonymously – on The Adoption Social, which you can then link up if you’d like. Please send these pieces to us as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can make sure they are published during CPV week. Your anonymity is assured, and we won’t share your details with anyone.
Our next Sore Point week will take place in July, and we’ll let you know the theme nearer the time.