SOMEBODY HELP ME BEFORE I HURT MY CHILD!
Almost every mother has experienced an overwhelming, uncontrollable anger while trying to meet the demands of parenting. This is a story of a young mother who lost control of her "monster" within. It is a narrative of child abuse from the viewpoint of the forgotten victim: the screaming, out-of-control parent.
Lu, a teenaged mother, adored her children and tried to be kind, gentle and loving to them. But she struggled daily with a rage borne of frustration. Periodically, this rage manifested itself in an explosive fury so intense that she gave it a name, "Mona the Monster," in her attempt to rationalize the consequences of her cruel actions. Although Lu thought of "Mona" as an actual demon possessing her, her angry behavior was really a result of many factors including her youth, inexperience at effective mothering skills, and frustration at falling short of her "ideals."
As Lu gained maturity—and with the help of God, family and good neighbors—she learned how to master this monstrous rage "within." But it took a near-tragedy before "Mona" was banished forever, finally leaving only Lu in control and able to cope with the demands of motherhood. And, with God's help, parents can break the cycle of child abuse, or, better yet, keep it from ever happening.
This book tells the sad, bad beginning of Mona/Lu and the Bauer family, but this story has a happy ending. Readers may also be interested in CHERISH EVERY MOMENT (Seaboard Press, 2009) which tells the rest of this happily-ever-after story of terror and salvation.
Cecile R. Bauer is a mother of ten, grandmother to seventeen, and great-grandmother to a dozen or more beloved children. Now known as Grandma Giggles, she has come a long way from the screaming monster depicted in this book. A writer from the age of eleven, Bauer has published seven books and numerous articles and stories in magazines and newspapers from coast to coast. She is experienced at public speaking on radio, television, and to large and small organizational meetings. "If I can help spread the good news about how to prevent child abuse, I am willing to tell my sad story in order to help others caught in the tangle of negative emotions responsible for child abuse."
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About the Author
Cecile Bauer has been writing since the age of eleven. She has seven previously published books (both fiction and non-fiction) to her credit as well as countless stories and articles in magazines and newspapers from Sacramento, California to New York City. A wife for over fifty years, mother of ten, and grandmother to an endless clan of family members, Bauer still makes time for volunteer work at her church. The Bauer family motto is, "Thank God, Laugh Every Day."