T.E.A.R. – Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships
Why Teens Need This Organization. “It is a well-known fact that your teenage years are the hardest years of your life. There’s a lot to deal with at once such as dating, friendships, parents, school and everything else that comes your way. So who better to talk to than your friends and those who are your peers?”
Ah, the teen years. The daily uneasiness that accompanies the teen to school, to school activities, on into the lunch room, and the uneasiness lingers and trails them even into more terrifying arenas – the dressing room or perhaps the swimming pool. Hormones are ping-ponging all over the place, hitting ceilings and walls, invisible to the naked eye, but they are there nonetheless. If a teenager had a visible aura, it would resemble one of those sparklers; a walking, sparking, raging hormone, a-buzz with emotions all tangled up.
Those of us that have teenagers have the utmost compassion when we see them walk out the door each morning, perhaps even sending a silent prayer along with them, a kiss that trails behind them and lingers throughout the day – whether the teen likes it or not. Most likely they feel reassured by a kiss, a hug, or even one of those kisses blown from the mothers’ hand, but they won’t let on. Because after all, it’s time to grow up and put the big boy pants on and hide away the “Blanky” and the dolls; tucked away and out of sight; put away for future generations.
Not only do parents have to worry about their teens being bullied and teased, but they have to worry constantly about outside attacks aimed at their helpless offspring. So true that in many ways they are helpless; a little reluctant to take on maturity and to pull up the bootstraps. But as parents, much can be done to make them aware of relationships that are on their way to being abusive, and how they may be vigilant of the signs and signals that ensue.
If there are warning signs of your teens experiencing anything faintly or remotely appearing like signs of physical violence, bring it to their attention that you are worried, and then promptly send them to this site. This site speaks volumes more than a parent or friend could, and also leads fearful and skeptical young adults to find the help they need.
Take note that violence also comes in many other forms, and not just physical. This site will help. Print out the Home Page of this organization and leave it where you teen will be most apt to view it; probably the refrigerator! All humor aside, vigilance for your teen and awareness equals love. Yup. They are one and the same!