Education and Family

Wholehearted Parenting

Bonnie Compton APRN, BC, CPNP

Wholehearted Parenting – The Gift of Resilience

For quite awhile I’ve wanted to have a conversation about child abuse…but something kept stopping me.  I felt that it was an important conversation to have, but one that felt very heavy and dark.
I realized that it also hit too close to home for me.   I witnessed physical abuse of my brothers, and as the youngest child in my family, I felt powerless.  I too experienced emotional abuse…the type of abuse that is hidden, that makes you wonder if it ever really happened…the kind of abuse that makes you doubt yourself.
Recently, the subject of child abuse was presented to me, but in a way that I felt was the kind of conversation I wanted to have.  Not to diminish or brush abuse under the rug, but to talk about the importance of resiliency.  The importance of not only surviving from the abuse, but thriving.  I also felt it was time to talk about the messages that we take from our own childhood and carry into our adult lives…messages that are not healthy and often hinder our own growth.
I’ve invited my guest Dave Pelzer to join my conversation.  Dave is a #1 best-selling author, inspirational speaker and internationally recognized humanitarian.  His books have been on the Best Sellers lists for well over 13 years combined.  “A Child Called It” alone has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for well over 6 years. Dave is the first author to have four #1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.  He has just recently released his latest book, “Too Close To Me”.

“In a word, Dave Pelzer embodies Esprit: Spirit, Humor & Wit. As a child, his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 25 years, Dave’s inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions.  As an individual who represents overcoming adversity, Dave has dedicated his life helping others to help themselves.  Dave Pelzer believes that our only limitation is ourselves!”

I loved my conversation with Dave…I know you will too!