December 19, 2008


Blog Carnival: Holiday Edition

Welcome to the Holiday, 2008 edition of The Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse. I want to thank all the bloggers who took time out of their busy pre-holiday schedules to submit articles and raise awareness about child abuse. I am especially impressed and grateful that we got so many holiday-category posts. Thank you, awesome advocates!

Please use caution when reading some of these posts. Child abuse can, understandably, be a very triggering subject. Although it can be scary, we raise our voices because we know that abuse flourishes in silence. As we raise awareness through these posts, please don't forget to link on over to these courageous bloggers and leave a supportive comment. Thanks!

Holiday Harmony

Our first category deals with being a survivor around the holidays. As I said in my call for submissions, this can be an especially challenging time for survivors of child abuse. It is difficult to get over our fantasy of the perfect, Norman Rockwell, holiday family portrait that we never had. Let's use this edition to talk about taking advantage of opportunities to start your own family, initiate new traditions, find balance and practice healthy habits.

Rising Rainbow gives us Holiday Time Thoughts from My Clouds, My Storms and Multiple Personality Disorder, and remarks, "There's nothing like the holidays to bring out the insecurities in all of us. Making our own new traditions can be survived......and actually work out to be a good thing." So true. Thanks, RR!

Enola presents Let Us Eat --- Food Issues posted at her blog, ~Enola~, saying, "So many holidays celebrations involve food. For survivors, there are often food issues. This is my post about my own issues. I was amazed by the number of comments and people that had similar issues." Go join the discussion, folks!

K-Perfect offers her Oh Tannenbaum..... post from her blog ~Perfect~. Perfect remarks, "A post about how Christmas has evolved through my life and how living in the present, instead of in the past or future, has allowed me to finally enjoy the holiday season." What a wonderful accomplishment. Kudos to you, Perfect!

JIP--which stands for Jumping In Puddles--tells us how this Christmas is somewhat of a healing milestone for her life. Here, she presents, We Made A Choice to Find the Spark that Led to Tomorrow . Isn't that a wonderful title? It's at her blog, Lifespacings.

Mike McBride presents Thankfulness posted at Child Abuse Survivor. About this post, Mike points out, "I wrote this at Thanksgiving, but I think it speaks for all the holiday season." It's a message about gratitude and hope. Thanks, Mike!

Enola talks about Nurturing my Inner Child at her blog, ~Enola~, where she points out that, "This entry shows how I have overcome a painful Christmas memory by creating my own traditions. The way I treat myself at Christmas is how I wish I had been treated as a child." Wow, what great ideas, Enola! Talk about comfort and joy! Go read about these, everyone. These holiday traditions will warm your heart.

I, Marj aka Thriver, dug up an old post about healthy eating and boosting your immune system, called, Holiday Thrivers, Boost Your Immune System! at my blog, Survivors Can Thrive! Let's all remember to eat healthy and take our vitamins, even while we're finishing up our Christmas shopping and rushing home with our treasures!

Advocacy & Awareness

Holly Ord highlights the movie, Hounddog posted at her blog called, Healing Yourself Heals the World. I love the name of her awareness-raising blog! Holly comments, "Hounddog is a movie that exudes hope and infuses survivors with a resonating voice that says 'I understand, it isn't your fault, now take back what is yours.'" Thank you for your advocacy, Holly!

Grace presents Child predators use double language to thwart "telling". Welcome, Grace! Grace writes at several blogs, but this post is from The Dirtiest Secret Behind Child Abuse.

Emma joins us with her post, Do you make these mistakes with your baby? posted at Baby-Log. She remarks, "How to handle challenging behavior in kids - creatively." Welcome, Emma!


Dr. Deb raises awareness about a type of self-injury that was new to me as she offers, Self-Embedding Disorder. Thanks for coming back to this blog carnival, Dr. Deb! We missed you! Her writings can be found at Dr. Deb Psychological Perspectives.

Survivor Stories

Cornnut32 presents The Picture of my Most Life-Changing Experience, saying, "This post is how I used my religious beliefs to heal. I believe that even those who may not be religious can benefit from this post, because it proves that it is possible to heal through therapy, regardless of your belief system. It is very important to me to share my experiences with others." Welcome, Cornnut! Cornnut blogs at Picture of Experience.

In The News

Dana at Principled Discovery informs us about Nebraska’s safe haven law, which allows mothers to drop off their unwanted infants. This is an informative post which also has a lively dialogue going in comments. Thanks and welcome, Dana!

Megan lets us know about the high Cost of Child Abuse in Australia at her blog, Imaginif Child Protection Became Serious Business. The good news is that the wonderful advocates who campaign at Stop Child Abuse Now have also moved to Australia to help. Alright! Thanks for spreading the news, Megan.


Mary is a prolific poet. Here, she gives us Dear God from her blog, NIPPERCAT'S HOME.

Mary offers another, powerful poem entitled, Our Little Game posted at NIPPERCAT'S HOME. You can tell as you read all the comments on this post, that this poem really strikes a chord with readers. Thanks for your courage in sharing, Mary.

That concludes this holiday edition of The Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse. Thank you all, so much, for helping me revive this carnival after it's spent some time limping along a bit. You can submit your blog article to our next edition our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Uh, and we do need some "future hosts," folks. I like this to be a true carnival, travelling around to various host blogs in the blogosphere. So think about being an upcoming host in 2009! Thanks! And Happy Holidays to all.

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Wow! It looks like there are lots of great entries here. Congrats on a great carnival.
Looks like a fabulous line up of posts!
Thanks, April. Yeah it was a pleasant surprise: We got more than I thought we would this time of year. :)

RR:Thanks for the compliment AND thanks for your contribution!
Great stuff here. As always!!
Thanks, Deb. so glad you joined us again this time!
Some great posts you have linked to; thanks.

Merry Christmas to you!
Thank YOU, Kahless. And a very Merry Christmas to you, too!
Glad to see that you are still dedicated to the Blog Carnival. Trying to get back into Teardrops on Roses for the New year!

Teresa (Beachwriter)
Thanks for your work putting this together. Great carnival!
Marj, I am needing a writter for content on my website that deals with child molestation and other issues that effect our children, reading some of your articles I would be interested in your thoughts?
great resources Deb!
Wow Great addition you have here, and thanks for adding my poems. Anytime you want to use them your are most welcome to. Happy New year to you and your family..take care...Mary
Teresa/Beachwriter: How wonderful to "see" you again! I hope you do get back into "Teardrops" for the new year, and maybe join us for a carnival edition, too!

Thanks for your kind words, Karma. And thanks for your support.

Joey: Thanks for visiting my blog and for signing the guest book of my dot com site as well. I'll get around and check out your site as soon as I can.

Erin: Thanks for visiting and for supporting our posters in the carnival.

Happy New Year to you, too, Mary. I am also very glad we can use your wonderful poems in the carnival.
I wanted to stop by and with you a Happy New Year and let you know I was thinking of you.

Great website.
I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Hey just had to throw this out there to you...Have you seen Marley and Me. Great movie but it will make you cry.
This carnival was wonderful! You might want to check out my site's newer, but I think full of a lot of helpful stuff. It's at:

Thank you!
You're always in my thoughts as well, RR. And a Happy New Year to you, too! :)

Anonymous: thanks for the compliment. I'll check out your blog.

Linda/Joyce: thanks for reading and leaving your first comment.

Erin: Nice to "see" you again. I did go see Marley and Me with my family. My son had really wanted to see it. He turned to me after it was over and said: "I'm a little disappointed. I thought this would be a really funny comedy and it was kinda sad." But, I, myself, really like the laughter AND the tears in movies--much more like real life. I think I may want to get the book and read it as well.

Zoe: thanks for visiting my blog and the carnival. I will swing by and look at your blog as soon as I can.

I'm a bit behind, folks (again!). Thanks for your patience as I get around to other blogs and, hopefully, get up a new post myself later today (1/10/09) ;P
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