There is no point in teaching your daughter self-defense so she can protect herself from strangers if she hasn't learned self-protective strategies within relationships or what to do when boundaries are crossed by people she knows
Harm more likely comes to women within relationships ~ with someone we love & trust.
Most women will return to an abusive partner 8 to 9 times before leaving for good.
Many never tell anyone or seek help during or after (aligning them for a repeat).
The "radar" doesn't work if we don't train it. Safety requires deliberate attention and action.
Teagin to Speak at TheTotal Woman Conference on October 20th! The Money & Girl-Power Workshop ! Using Your $$ Money Sign $$ to Create A PoweRFUL Future
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Event Theme & Details:
Event Date: Saturday, October 20th 9:00am until 3:30pm Conference Theme: The theme of the conference is “Fast-Forward 10” and the goal is to help participants take a “10 year peek into their future” and create a strong and compelling vision for their lives via visualization and vision board drawing exercise. The conference will also equip participants with the tools to achieve their visions and encourage them to make the right life choices. Workshops will increase confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and self-advocacy. Participants will acquire basic financial knowledge and writing and interviewing skills to help them gain employment and/or admission into higher institutions of learning.
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Why I'm writing for children...
One of the hardest pains of all to recover from, is rejection, whether it is perceived or real. When a child feels it from her mother, it cuts deep and lasts long, especially if the child is naturally and excessively soft-hearted, open, and trusting.
Girls need their mother's compassion, acceptance, and love for their entire lives. It's the purest love of all, the only natural and truly unconditional love~when that bond isn't there, or when a child isn't with her birth mother, it leaves a tremendous void and lingering questions that never get voiced..."if my own mother didn't love me or want me, who will?" Ultimately, the real question is "What's wrong with me," or "What did I do wrong". This uncertainty can lead a little girl to be a "pleaser," to have abandonment issues, or to feel unworthy~this is especially dangerous for girls, because it can cause them to attract bad love, difficult relationships, low earnings, and lesser quality lives in the future. Other mothers and other women have to step in and fill that void. Many women-friends do this for each other later in life, to make up for the lack of connection between themselves and their own mothers, it is a connection mother-less feeling women understand and share.
This book address these issue from my heart. I wrote it for my little girl when I adopted her from China. I never wanted her to wonder if she was loved or cared for by her first mother, she was. I worried she would silently question her value or why her birth mother chose for her to have a separate life, but she sent her in love, and I know that it was a painful decision. I wanted to make sure the daughter we now share, felt her first mommy's love at her core, from all the way across the world, even stronger than the love I give her myself, and that's what this story is for.
Beyond adoption, this book is layered in messages for everyone, young or old, adopted or not; it is essentially about compassion, love, and understanding for birth mothers everywhere, and their children. The beautiful illustrations, painted by artist Wilson Ong, set the emotional tone. For all children who listen to this enchanting bedtime-y story, the conversation about adoption is opened, and normalized. They learn about blended families, how and why adoption happens, and to be accepting of others, their life stories, and the various ways that families become families.
Good, healthy adult relationships of the future start at home long before kids are even of dating age. Where girls are excessively kind-hearted, open, giving, patient, tolerant, or rule-following, it is essential these girls know how to accept and validate themselves and that they develop independence and are taught to be assertive early. This story helps build self esteem and internal strength.
A review of the book
About the book...
In this captivating story, Teagin Maddox artfully uses the moon to connect two worlds together forever. More than a heartwarming story about the positive exchange between two countries, and the love of two mothers, Little China Moonshine is a must read for all families with adopted children.
This book helps parents open the conversation about adoption and children will feel comfortable relating the story to their own beginning. The story subtly focuses on empowering adopted children, ensuring they see adoption as an extension of love from their birth mothers.
It is a great addition to any library due to its ability to open a child’s perspective about adoption, encouraging them to express their feelings and ask questions. This is a perfect bedtime story sure to become a classic.
An excerpt from the book
Note from the Author…
It was once expressed to me that the Chinese believe certain people are simply meant to be together and that they are always and forever connected by an invisible red thread. This is understood by those of us who adopt, for somehow we find our children and just know our souls belong together.
When I arrived in China to take my baby home, a beautiful woman presented her to me and pointed out that my little girl was very lucky. She was wearing a tiny silver bracelet that had been gently tied to her wrist with a single red thread. To me, this was a message to my daughter, to carry forever in her heart. It was a symbol of love someone felt for her, and a bond she will always and forever have. The story of Little China Moonshine transpired from that thread and from my desire to have my daughter feel a connection to her birth mother, her country, and it’s people.
It is possible for every adopted child to regard their beginning in a positive way by encouraging them to choose a perspective that is empowering. This story achieves that affect, in a very magical way.