My youngest daughter’s personality changed a lot in 2011. My once my spunky little girl with an attitude became shy and withdrawn. Around that same time she began regressing in potty training. At that time, she was 4.5 years old and had been potty trained for over two years. Weeks after an overnight visit with their father, the girls admitted that he had threatened to make my youngest daughter, Sarah sleep in a dark, scary parking structure alone. See blog post “A Monster in the parking structure.”
Last night during dinner, Sarah piped up and said, “Mom, I told the police lady that dad said I would have to sleep in a parking structure and she said that he was probably kidding. Her dad used to tell her that he would never feed her again if she didn’t eat her vegetables. Mom- he wasn’t kidding when he said that– he was mean!”
I could barely sleep last night. I am FURIOUS. This little girl can be so shy and withdrawn. She has finally worked up the courage to tell her therapist this story and now she used her voice to tell someone who was supposed to help her. That person failed her miserably. My heart hurts for my children. My heart hurts for all of our children who are being failed by this system.
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