If you've experienced abuse as child or as a parent, you'll want to read Mary Romero's book, The Breakdown of an All-American Family. Today Mary, our expert author, child advocate, and life coach, shares the story of her dysfunctional family.
If you think child and parent abuse is infrequent, think again. Mary shares the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics from 2008. "An estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2006."
Mary shares her story with wisdom, understanding, and openness. Mary's father, a sociopath, beat, starved, and neglected his wife and five children. If you've ever been grabbed by the neck and lifted off the floor or punched in the stomach with manly force, you'll understand what Mary and her family experienced.
In Mary's family, members were sworn to secrecy about the happenings at home. To show they were a happy family, they were reminded to smile at Church on Sunday. No one knew this all-American Family was broken except for a lone neighborhood police officer who tried to help.
Mary's father gave her dog biscuits when she dared to say she was hungry. Her younger brother tried to commit suicide and her older sister was sent to a mental institution as a child because she challenged her father.
You'll see why 7-year-old Mary viewed herself as the family protector. Mary relates many incidents in which she protected her mother and siblings. You'll wonder why her mother wouldn't feed or shelter Mary when Mary needed her help.
Mary explains why two of her adult siblings side with her father. You'll know why she forgives her mother and has cut off all connections to her father.
With the help of her strong mind, a good therapist, and concern for others, Mary knows how to help victims of domestic crime and abuse. If you know of anyone who needs such help, give them Mary's book, The Breakdown of an All-American Family: An autobiography of child abuse, domestic violence and recovery.
Let's give a BIG HAND to Mary Romero for her well-written, fascinating and helpful autobiography.
Go to http://mmmcconnell.wix.com/live-life-coaching to purchase her book as well as, her coaching services.
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