When we hear statistics about domestic and partner violence, most people swear they’d never allow a romantic partner to mistreat them. Yet many teens and adults find themselves caught in an endless cycle of abuse that worsens over time. It then becomes extremely difficult to break free. For too many, it also becomes life-threatening. The problem is that most abusive relationships don’t start out that way, which is how even very independent people can find themselves at the mercy of an abusive partner. Abuse can exist in romantic relationships of all kinds and between many different types of people. What are the early signs to look for, what constitutes abuse, and when and how do you walk away from an abusive or potentially dangerous relationship?
The first year of motherhood forever changes you. Having some ideas on how to navigate things you will inevitably come up against as a brand-new mom can make the transition smoother. Here are my top five pieces of advice to help you thrive.
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