Teddy, I've been bad again,
My Mommy told me so;
I'm not quite sure what I did wrong,
But I thought that you might know.
When I woke up this morning,
I knew that she was mad;
Cause she was crying awful hard,
And yelling at my dad.

I tried my best to be real good,
And do just what she said;
I cleaned my room all by myself,
I even made my bed.

But I spilled milk on my good shirt,
When she yelled at me to hurry;
And I guess she didn't hear me,
When I told her I was sorry.

Cause she hit me awful hard, you see,
And called me funny names;
And told me I was really bad,
And I should be ashamed!

When I said, "I love you, Mommy,"
I guess she didn't understand;
Cause she yelled at me to shut my mouth.
Or I'd get smacked again.

So I came up here to talk to you,
Please tell me what to do;
Cause I really love my Mommy,
And I know she loves me, too.

And I don't think my Mommy means,
To hit me quite so hard;
I guess sometimes, grown ups forget.
How really big they are!

So Teddy, I wish you were real,
And you weren't just a bear;
Then you could help me find a way.
To tell Mommies every where.

To please try hard to understand.
How sad it makes us feel;
Cause the outside pain soon goes a way,
But the inside never heals!

And if we could make them listen,
Maybe then they'd understand;
So other children just like me,
Wouldn't have to hurt again.

But for now, I guess I'll hold you tight,
And pretend the pain's not there;
I know you'd never hurt me,
So Goodnight, Teddy Bear!

Author - Cindy Pike Dunning -
Taken from Heartland Acres

Emotional Abuse Definition

A pattern of behavior that attacks a child's emotional development and sense of self worth. i.e. name-calling, put-downs, terrorization, isolation, humiliation, rejection, corruption, ignoring

What is Verbal Abuse?

Verbal abuse is like a rock thrown through your window.

Verbal abuse is emotional battering which can be as painful as physical battering, and recovery can take much longer.

Verbal abuse usually happens in private. It leaves invisible scars. There are no bruises, broken bones or black eyes.

Often there are no outside witnesses, which makes it easy to deny.

Generally in a verbally abusive relationship, the abuser denies the abuse.

Verbal abuse is a crazymaking means of dominance and control.

Although some verbally abusive people never physically abuse, physical abuse is always preceded by verbal abuse.