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My mom used to hit me

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My mom used to hit me on the wrist when I was little. I don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it but when I brought it up she denied it. My dad said he remembered it though. Is it normal? She doesn’t do it anymore.

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Hello there, thanks for your question.

Firstly, we want to say how brave you are for reaching out and sharing your experience. It takes a lot of courage to talk about something like this, especially if it’s been on your mind for a while. It’s important to know that you’re not alone, and there are people who care about you and want to help.

We’re really sorry to hear that you went through that when you were younger. It must have been really confusing and upsetting, especially if your mom denies it now. It’s understandable to feel conflicted about whether it’s normal or not, especially when your dad remembers it happening too. Physical punishment, like hitting, can be harmful and is not okay. No one deserves to be hurt, especially by someone who is supposed to care for them.

It’s good to hear that your mom doesn’t do it anymore, but it’s still important to talk about how it made you feel and to look for support if you need it. You deserve to feel safe and respected at home. This article may be helpful www.childline.ie/getting-along-with-family/.

If you ever want to talk more about this or anything else, remember that there are people you can reach out to for help and support. Childline is always here for you, ready to listen and support you in any way we can. You can contact us anytime, for any reason, and we’ll be here to help. You can contact us by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or Live Chat at www.childline.ie. We are confidential, non-judgmental, and open 24/7, we never close!

Take care of yourself, and remember that you are valued and deserving of love and respect,

Alex

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