Children that grow up in homes where physical and emotional violence exist learn to live with, and adapt to, the cycle of violence. The tension builds, the violent outburst occurs, and the “honeymoon” phase follows. The victims (children included) live for the honeymoon phase. The children often know that this is the time when the abuser is loving. Mommy and Daddy are happy again and maybe the family has some fun together.
Although children will never understand exactly what happened to create the tension or outburst, they will learn that it is okay to be cruel and hurtful as long as you say you’re sorry and bring presents. They will believe that it is normal to disrespect the people you love. They will learn to express their own feelings by degrading and hurting others or by allowing themselves to be degraded and hurt. No matter how violence in a home is experienced, emotionally, physically and/or sexually, our children are always harmed.
An recent article in the Monterey Herald titled "Bullying prevention program coming to Salinas elementary school" talks about Harmony At Home's efforts to reduce bullying in local schools.
Taylor Farms California has adopted three Salinas schools, sponsoring the Sticks & Stones® school-based counseling program for the current school year. This is the second year that Taylor Farms has participated in our Adopt-A-School sponsorship, earning them a Silver Leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you Taylor Farms, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas for a second year!
Pacific International Marketing has adopted two Salinas schools, sponsoring the Sticks & Stones® school-based counseling program for the current school year. This is the first year that PIM has participated in our Adopt-A-School sponsorship, earning them a Bronze Leaf on our Adopt-A-School sponsorship tree. Thank you PIM, for supporting Harmony At Home and the children/families in Salinas!
Harmony At Home is gaining more and more support from the Salinas Agricultural community and we look forward to acknowledging more businesses as they continue to participate in our Adopt-A-School Sponsorship Program.
Harmony At Home uploaded a short video to its You Tube Channel from the 4th Annual Luncheon, held on November 2, 2012.
Julianne Leavy, Executive Director of Harmony At Home, sits down with Theresa Wright
of KSBW-8 to discuss the organization's programs. Two of the youth participating in the
Teen Programs were interviewed as well to share, with the community, their experiences.
The show can be viewed here.
Harmony at Home now has a Facebook Page. Click the Like Button if you want to be a fan of Harmony at Home.