"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men".
Children live what they learn.
Alaska’s rate of child abuse is six times the national average.
The easiest way to learn is by modeling and children prove over and over again that they pick up our behaviors. Parenting is not easy. But how we conduct ourselves with our children affects our relationship with them and contributes to what kind of parent they become.
Our behavioral choices directly affect our children and our children learn how to make sense of the world and how people operate by watching the adult in their life behave with them and with others. If we are using violence or have been in a relationship that involved violence, our children have been affected by it.
Some of these behaviors can include aggressiveness towards others, running away, withdrawing, and becoming abusive towards family members or themselves. It can also include substance abuse. The effects are not just behavioral. Domestic violence affects our children on an emotional level, psychological level, physically, spiritually and even biologically.
LEAP works with children individually and within groups who have been affected by abuse.