To all the Warrior Mums, I wanted you to know that I am with you. I am with you on this journey. Perhaps you are raising children while in an abusive relationship or perhaps you have left and now you are dealing with the aftermath. Either way I know it isn’t easy. I am with you because I am one of you.
I am a mum to three amazing children. Two girls and a boy. They are 15, 11 and 9 years old. They are the lights of my life and I love them very much. They have often been the reason I have gotten out of bed each day. Especially when I was in the chaos of my first marriage. My marriage was abusive. He not only abused me but he abused my children in various ways. For the longest time I thought staying in my marriage was the best decision for my children. I thought that it was better to have two parents, even if it was painful, than to be from a broken home. I figured the later would be a harder battle. How wrong I was.
It wasn’t until my oldest, who was 9 at the time, came to me and asked me why did I let daddy treat me so bad that I started to think my children were being affected by the abuse. When she also asked me to leave him, begged me in fact, I knew that it was hurting my children more if I stayed. So I broke through my fog of denial. I faced what was really happening in my home and I reported the abuse to the RCMP. This started a six year battle of going through the Domestic Violence Court (Criminal Court) and Family Law. It was painful. It was exhausting and it was traumatizing but in the end I was awarded sole custody and my ex was given no access to our children. You may be familiar with such a battle. Moments where you have to sit in the same Court room as them, walk past them and even look at them. Moments where it feels like your heart is going to leap our of your chest because it is beating so hard, but you do it. You face all of those battles because you are a Warrior Mum and you want your kids to be safe.
Perhaps you have had to send your child/children on a visit with their abusive father. If you have stayed awake at night wondering if they are safe or thrown up in the toilet because the anxiety of it all is just too much to bear, I have been there too. I know what it is like to pick up the pieces after such a visit. To have your children wetting their beds, soiling their pants, suffering nightmares and struggling in school, all because a Judge says equal time with each parent is best. I get that. I have been there too.
Like some of you I have had my children turn on me at times. I have been told that I am weak, that they NEVER want to be like me and that I have poor judgement. I too have cried by myself when they talk like that because you know that you aren’t weak. You have fought battles that they know nothing about. You have taken beatings for them. You have taken abuse that you would rather not talk about, for them. It was better if you took the pain, right? Yes I have been there. Please know that you are NOT weak. You are so STRONG. You have faced Lawyers and Judges, Police Officers and angry family members who don’t support you. You have done this to try and protect your children. To keep them safe. You and no one else. That makes you Amazing!
I know that the journey is not easy. I know that they get angry and take it out on you because you are safe. I know he’s probably left you little money, or isn’t paying child support so you make sure you feed them first and sometimes yes you go hungry for them. I know all of this because I have been there too.
Why? Why do we do it? We do it because we have loved them since before they were born. We have loved them since we saw that little line on the pregnancy test or their little heart beat on the ultrasound. We vowed at that moment to love and protect them always. We do it because we are mums.
So please do not give up hope. Hold on during the tough moments and cheer them on through their victories. Hug them and kiss them and do all you can for them. You can do it. You can do it because YOU my dear are a Warrior Mum.