A massive thank you to everyone who came to walk with us yesterday, both physically and spiritually. We had over 30 participants and raised $725. These donations are a vital part of keeping DASH in your community. Your loving support keeps Siobhan’s voice loud and clear as we work to combat teen dating violence in her name. We love you Shev.
Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services announce an art contest for teens 12-19 years old to express themselves about National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Deadline is February 21 by 5 PM. For details see the art contest poster or call 703-324-9494.
We’re happy to announce our 4th annual 5K mall walk – DASH at Dulles!! Please join us February 9, 2014, for a fun morning of friendship and support to remember Siobhan during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month!
Registration – 8:30-9:00 am $15 (on the day- cash or check only)
Walk – 9:00-10:00 am
21100 Dulles Town Circle
This winter break is an opportunity for parents to reconnect with their teens and start a conversation about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Even if your teen isn’t dating it’s a good idea to start giving guidance on the subject. Your teen may have concerns about a friend’s relationship or be influenced by abusive behavior they’ve seen. Opening the discussion is an important first step. Your teen may not have a lot to say about what is going on in his/her relationship, but they will be listening even if they hide it well!
It may sound hokey or old fashioned, but opportunities (“teachable moments”) abound for parents to talk to teens. It only takes a moment to share a story, ask a question or mention a new item you’ve seen. Don’t get worked up on how to begin just go ahead and take the moment:
- at breakfast, lunch or dinner
- while making holiday treats
- while watching TV (particularly a news story or if dating violence is portrayed)
- while traveling or waiting in traffic
- while decorating the tree
- while taking time to relax
- while taking a walk
- at any moment that seems suitable
Teens who aren’t in a relationship need to know what makes a healthy relationship. The influences of music, movies and television often give teens a false picture of what is acceptable behavior for couples. Your teen probably knows of friends who have relationships that they are concerned about or that they’ve noticed just aren’t working well. Check out our information on Defining a Healthy Relationship. Teaching your teen about what is healthy in a relationship now can help prevent problems later.