Teenage Violence At Home


Walk a mile in my shoes

December 10, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Violence, adoption, violence, one does not necessarily walk hand in hand with the other but I must acknowledge that our older two children came to us with seriously dysfunctional behaviour. Neither of those children were emotionally equipped to cope with being placed for adoption. This is very much our story.  Our older children were 7 […]



Things we wish we had been told

August 26, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Points that may save your sanity and dare I say, your life: Suggestions are in no particular order and not all of these points may be feasible in your family situation but I urge you to employ at least some, for safety’s sake. … Keep a journal: Dot points with date, time and quick explanation […]



Our greatest challenge

August 17, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Both of our older children behaved with irrational or violent behaviour and at times it felt like we were part of an orchestrated game….first one child had the ball then the other child took over. It was never both children at the same time. Our son was extroverted and ‘out there’ with violence. Our daughter […]



What to name this dysfunction. Who do we ask for help?

August 9, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Our (adopted) children, all seriously malnourished. Each of those children much loved and wanted by us. Our adoption journey had been long (almost 6 years) and we had become very resilient and totally committed parents even before meeting our kids. We recognised violent expressions of dysfunction from the older two of our three children but […]



Violence from child to parents? You’re not alone!

July 30, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

It could easily be assumed that this might be something that only happens to ‘different’ families. You know, the families where there is perhaps physical or mental disability or maybe a child has been adopted and perhaps that means it’s not a ‘real’ family. Maybe the parents might be poorly educated, socially deprived and have […]



Violence in a blink

July 23, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

 To be writing to you about this, and our feelings, is a huge leap, hopefully forward. I worry that to tell our experiences will reopen the door to fresh abuse.                                                                 Spineless, weak, toughen up and dish out a taste of their own medicine….these are all things that people hinted at or even just saying straight […]



Our chameleons

July 11, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Violent, abusive, protector, aggressor, best friend, charming…. What a crazy contradictory collection of words, but these are the words that best describe the person our son came to be. One of the earliest memories we have is within the first six months of bringing our three children home from Africa. Our eldest would insist on […]



We have survived

July 4, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Sometimes I don’t even know how I am going to come up with a sentence to start. There is so much to say, so much has gone on. We are in fact, looking back. We are survivors of teenage violence at home. Our family is broken, but we, my husband and I and our youngest […]



Violence started so young

June 26, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

The wind is rattling the windows, it is broad daylight and I found myself jumping, sharply looking out to see if anyone was there. More specifically, our son. I instantly admonish myself for still being jumpy after all this time, more than 5 years…..how did this happen? I’m not a “nervy” person naturally. It has […]



About us

June 20, 2014 Poster Uncategorized

Three children adopted from Africa made our dream of a family complete. But the adoption turned into a tragic family journey. Inept bureaucracy, extreme mental health issues, and a system that failed to support a loving family, left us broken, with two vulnerable children lost, one on the streets. Yes, they subjected us to years […]



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