Child protection is something that’s always in the forefront of my thoughts.
My children, like all children need protecting from many things. Neglect, emotional trauma, all of the things that they were not protected from in the beginning.
I worry my children will get hungry.
I worry their friends will fall out with them.
I worry they’ll grow out of their shoes and I won’t notice.
I worry I won’t get a stain out of their clothes.
I worry I won’t get their hair tidy enough for school.
I worry they’ll fail at their school work.
I worry I won’t rub that cut knee enough or kiss away the hurt properly.
I worry I’ll forget some important event like a school play or award.
I worry I’ll overlook or not notice something important to them.
I worry I’ll not ‘hear’ something they’re trying to convey.
I worry that they’ll feel unloved, unliked, alone.
I worry because all of these things and many more can rekindle the scary feelings they became accustomed too. Feelings no child should ever know.
My girls felt rejection tonight, rejection from grandparents that just cant/wont put them first.
I felt failure tonight, I failed to protect them.