Free at last!

I’m sure you saw that Jackie Maribe was finally acquitted.

I’ve been reflecting on her acquittal in contrast to the stories we get for supervision from some of our students who do practicum in the prison…

And they run to us for supervision when they come across stories of mistaken identity.

Their major question is always, “What do I do with the information about a client who say they were wrongly accused?”

It affects them to imagine being thrown in prison and serving a sentence of several years for crimes you never committed.

Jackie was nearly joining the statistics and her acquittal though relieving, evokes real emotions seeing what she has lost in the process.

So as a counsellor, what do you think you should do when you meet a client who say they were wrongly accused?

Such an interesting question deserves a power hour,

So I am thinking to host a specialist to unpack this for us at Storytellers Powerhour?

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So by the way, I followed the proceedings and what’s notable for Jackie was the social support she had in between the scenes…

Which is quite frankly lacking for most people under trial.

Which brings us to the actual reason I’m making this post…

Let’s talk about the place of parents when children are going through setbacks.

Both of Jackie’s parents who were present with her at the court spoke about how emotionally, financially draining the process has been for them…

With mom acknowledging that the pain afflicted serves a bigger purpose as it was God’s doing.

I saw the father hug her daughter with a sigh of relief and I figured that was the most relieving moments for the family…

But I kept thinking about other children whose parents joins the world in hostility,

Ridiculing and criticizing their children when heartbreak and disappointment kicks in

In moments when dreams are grinding to a halt,

When the keyboard warriors are unleashing all their arsenal,

When the employer bows to the public pressure,

When all you’ve worked for is thrown down the dustbin,

I can assure you, and this I am speaking from a counsellors’ point of view…

The last thing a child need to hear from a parent is “I told you so”

As a parent, bad news can be overwhelming to bear.

But your support and understanding can make a world of difference in the child.

Letting them know that you are there for them, no matter what.

Encouraging open communication and assuring them that you are there to listen without judgement.

Helping them see that mistakes do not define their worth, and that they have the strength to overcome any obstacles they face.

Being a source of comfort and reassurance for your child.

Letting them know that they are not alone in this journey…

And that you will stand by their side every step of the way….

Your unwavering support can be the beacon of hope that guides them through difficult times.

Remember, offering love, understanding, and encouragement can help your child navigate through challenges with resilience and strength.

Your role as a parent is not just to correct but to uplift and empower your child to rise above adversity.

May you find the wisdom and strength to be a pillar of support for your child during these trying times.

To Triumphing in adversity,

Micah Langat

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