Welcome to the Inner Child edition of the Carnival Against Child Abuse. We will honor our inner child, and share how that child has been such a vital part of our path to healing!
Blog Carnivals are a great opportunity to sample a variety of Blog offerings on a common topic. There are so many child abuse recovery and advocacy resources out there. We hope you find something of use to you! I have enjoyed reading and participating in this Blog Carnival and am happy to give back by hosting it this month.
Inner Child Themed Posts
Patricia Singleton offers several posts from her Inner Child Letters series. The first is Three Year Old Adultress Revisited, where she says “A three-year-old can’t be an adultress, so why did I call myself that name? This is a letter written to that inner child.”
The second post is Grieving, an essential part of the process of working with our inner children.
The third in the Inner Child series is Processing, and Patricia admits that “Processing the feelings and the grief that has come up with these letters was harder than I expected it to be.”
Next Patricia shares the Three Year Old Adultress Carries The Shame of Incest, and wonders “How can memories that I don’t even have be so hard to let go? Shame is one of the most crippling emotions to carry around from abuse.”
Patricia then writes Dear Seven Year Old Patricia, where she says “I don’t know what you’re protecting my mind from, but I thank you.”
These entries are from Patricia’s blog Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker.
Marj aka Thriver tells us I Resolve to Comfort My Inner Child. “In this post, I wrote a poem to my inner child, promising to comfort her and protect her. These are words I never heard from my own mother. But now I can re-parent myself and heal.” She also shares with us Helping Your Inner Child Help You. “I wrote this entry for a guest post at another blog on the topic of PTSD. I did some research for this post and list some books about the inner child and also some of the strategies I have come up with over the years for comforting my inner child.” Both of these posts are from her blog Survivors Can Thrive.
JBR shares SIX YEAR OLD LIVING IN AN ADULT from the blog JUST BE REAL, about “this six year old” living in an “adult” body, trying to form adult words to what I am feeling, but having still the mentality of a six year old.
Dan L. Hays shares his post If You Had Any Sense, from his blog Thoughts Along The Road To Healing. A casual comment by his father led him to betray his inner child and spend many years suffocating in the business world.
Advocacy & Awareness
Kari submits About New Tribes Mission Abuse, from the blog New Tribes Mission Abuse, “where our goal is for other survivors to find support. Please help us spread the word of what happened to us, so it can end here. Please help us show that disclosure can help the victim.”
Deb Serani shares Mentally Ill Stuffed Animals from her blog Dr. Deb. “This post looks at mentally ill stuffed animals and the stigmatizing images they convey.”
Enola shares For Sale – Humans – human trafficking from her blog Enola. She writes: “This article came to my attention through work I’m doing on a gang committee. I learned about the huge underground movement in human trafficking.”
Hope offers us Just For Today from her blog Hope For Trauma. She shares “This journey that I am on towards whatever it becomes, is traveled one day, one hour and one minute at a time.”
Tracie reminds us Rape – It Still Happens (even in Africa) from her blog From Tracie.
Emily Rossiter brings to us Mental Illness: The Answer to How Can I Help? from her blog Surviving Limbo. She says: “I’m an adult survivor of child abuse. I have a laundry list of mental illness labels. A friend of mine with OCD and I were talking about how difficult it is to tell people how to help us. Thus, I wrote this post.”
Thegiftedhands shares The Child Witch Abuse in West Africa from the blog Planetprose.
Paula offers us From Victim To Choicemaker from her blog Recovery In Art. She says: “a collage created during art therapy enabled me to face my deepest wound and let me overcome the trauma on a way I never expected.”
Healing & Therapy
Meggs Fitzwater shares with us Call Me Crazy from Speaking Out, “a blog about coming to terms with the inner child theory and integrating it into my healing journey.”
Rick Belden submits Some Thoughts On Forgiveness from his blog Rick Belden.com. Rick shares his thoughts on forgiveness, such as viewing forgiveness as an active and a sacred process.
Paula offers her post I Am A Duckling from her blog Becoming Myself. She writes: “I would like to share an exercise from the trauma therapy I just finished. During a session of integrative body psychotherapy I got asked to select two symbols. One for my Inner Child and one for Big Paula. Once again I was surprised about the insights I got from this apparently so simple exercise. Grateful beyond measure. I hope this exercise might help you along too!”
Splinteredones offers how to Cut Panic w/Meditation, qi gong, from her blog Splinteredones. “How to use qi gong and the basics of meditation to control anxiety panic and the other crud that sneaks in.”
Dr. Kathleen Young suggests to Love Yourself With Gentleness and Compassion, from her blog Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Chicago. 10 steps to fostering gentleness and compassion in yourself.
In The News
Jay Smith submits 10 Laws Passed After Horrible Crimes from Criminal Justice University.
Marjorie McKinnon offers Returning to the Scene of The Crime from Blog Posts for Margie Marybelle McKinnon. “Marjorie is the founder of the Lamplighters international movement for recovery from incest and childhood sexual abuse. We currently have 59 chapters in 9 countries. Our Blog site is at http://www.thelamplighters.org.”
Hope submits List of Life from her blog Hope For Trauma, saying “I guess one could call it a ‘bucket list’, but I think it is a thriving list.”
Ellen Brown offers us Why In The World I Transitioned Into Coaching from her blog Stepping Stones. Ellen says “This is a blog post about why I decided to become a coach after healing from child sexual abuse.”
Emily Rossiter shares The Story Of A Runaway, Or How I Escaped Hell, from her blog Surviving Limbo. Emily writes “The most terrifying moment of my life happened sometime in March of ‘92.”
Echoing the sentiment of a former host, I will intentionally not comment on poetry, but allow it space to breathe without interpretation.
Laura Schultz shares Solitude and Evolving from LauraSchultzNow.
Jade Fields offers And so it is from her blog Sublimely Ridiculous.
Dan L. Hays submits Heartbeat from Thoughts Along The Road to Healing.
Thank you so much for making this a content-packed Blog Carnival edition! It was an honor to host this month! You can submit your blog articles and art to the next edition of the Carnival Against Child Abuse here.
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