AUNTS/UNCLES PLAY THEIR PART TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY BY ENCOURAGING FAMILIES TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER AND STRENGTHEN THEIR FAMILY CONNECTIONS.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY:
I listen to my niece. Then I challenge assumptions with gentle questioning. Then I listen some more… both to her thoughts and my knee jerk reactions which I try to suppress. I am constantly amazed at her robust ability to deal with life. I guess I provide her with a context in which to express an aspect of herself that she may not show in the context of her loving parents. Shine on!
She inspires me.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE AND CARED FOR IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
When my brother was separating from his partner I just did what I needed to do. I made a big effort not to get drawn into taking sides, but just being there and available to my nephews and nieces. Of course I had a role of being supportive to the adults too, but I made sure I remained neutral for the kids’ sake.