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Children and Healthy Relationships

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

Emina Delic- Childcare Manager

Healthy relationships like all other subjects come in many forms. There are familial, platonic and romantic relationships all around us. They are first seen in our family circles. As children get older that circle expands with each developmental stage. In a perfect world, each of these extensions would be positive. However, our world isn’t perfect, and as adults, we must be aware that as children grow, they will need support to create their own healthy relationships.

Children learn mostly through play and practicing what is modeled for them. As adults, we need to provide and present children with positive traits like love, kindness, patience, acceptance and perseverance. They need a lot of guidance in all aspects when learning to navigate the world of emotions, language and socialization. To build healthy relationships, they need to see them.

Children do not stop learning when they get to their teenage years. In fact, it’s the opposite! Teenagers need even more support in the new hormonal battles they are up against. Including, forming their first romantic relationships. Science shows that teenagers revert to rapid brain development (the toddler stage), and during this period are mastering the ability to handle their emotions. Consider supporting your teens by talking and listening to them, believing in them, upholding consistent boundaries and rewarding good choices. It’s important to give teenagers more independence while still modeling good traits.

Our Childcare team knows that domestic violence has played a role in the way that the children we serve perceive relationships. However, we work to provide a good example of what platonic relationships can be like (mentoring, and friendships with other children). It is never too late to start forming healthy relationships. As my teenage (now adult) daughter told me, “Mom, we kids are just adults in training.”

So, please do your part in training them well.

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Sep 27

2021

Live at Lunch Monday

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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Oct 01

2021

DVAM Press Conference & Community Kick-off Event

More information coming soon. Contact outreach@wcaboise.org for more information.

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Oct 03

2021

2021 SueB 5K 10K

                2021 SueB 5K/10K 2021 marks the 12th annual SueB 5K 10K and continues to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby. As a virtual event so we can support survivors and victims of domestic violence both locally and globally. The event will kick off on October 3, […]

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Oct 13

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

October 13, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Oct 15

2021

Lunch & Learn with Bre 10.15.21

Our lunch and learn sessions are an opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve. Our Philanthropy Specialist, Bre, will share an overview of our services, the clients we serve, and our current needs. Bring your lunch and any questions you might have to this monthly virtual chat with Bre.

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Oct 20

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

October 20, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 04

2021

Virtual Talk to Your Teen Presentation

November 4, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 10

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

November 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 17

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

November 17, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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