BENNINGTON -- As your kids are entering the next level of independence and meeting new people, they might be pondering romance. Romance and wonderful healthy relationships and friendships are such a great part of life. Of course, on the flip side, unhealthy relationships can cause all types of distress for your kids and you. Even during the best of times, relationships are a tricky part of life.
Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE), Bennington County’s organization providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (including dating and intimate partner violence) has produced a 10-minute video providing insights into how one can find him/herself trapped in a cycle of abuse and quite confused about a partner who is sometimes charming and sometimes controlling.
Help your teens navigate this confusing area of life by watching and discussing "For Teens -- Dating Violence -- Insights and Resources" on YouTube or on the PAVE website (www.PAVEBennington.org) in the education section.The short video is non-controversial and provides hot-line numbers and websites if they have questions regarding their boy/girlfriend or if they are concerned about a friend’s relationship.
In this regard, Steve Breakstone, the Youth Educator for PAVE and co-author of the book "How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression" is available to talk with and provide activities for student groups via schools or social organizations to help teens determine and enforce their personal boundaries and values, develop self-esteem, and build resiliency as they look for friends and partners.
Send Breakstone an email at PAVEYouthEducator@gmail.com for more information.