Over the weekend my family and I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful charity block party in LA during the 9th annual Stuart House event put on each year by designer John Varvatos. This amazing charity helps children that have been sexually abused, and everyone came out to support this cause. As a parent I feel it’s so important to get involved in charity events with your kids when they are young so that they begin to understand the needs others have and realize that each of us can make a difference.
Now since my kids are only 4 they certainly don’t understand what this cause represents and what the issue of sexual abuse is all about, but it opens the door at least for me to discuss what’s “okay” and what’s “not okay” when it comes to people touching you. These are such serious issues that we are hearing all over the news from grade school to college. Children and teens need to know that they can come to us no matter what and tell us what’s going on without feeling shame and embarrassment.
I want my kids to know that I am here for them no matter what. They can tell me anything at any time! It was an amazing time for a great cause and the car ride back home provided an excellent time for the discussions that they need to know and be aware of!