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Comfort Repetition

There is a meme I see on social media that becomes increasingly frequent when my favorite artists release new music. It is usually a mocked up screenshot of a phone screen with a music app playing the song with a “message” from your personal FBI agent asking how many times you’ll listen to the song.

My middle daughter and I laugh at this because it is so true. We are both very much the people who will play a song, music video, interview clip, or movie multiple times. We watch the same episodes of our favorite TV shows to the point that everyone else in the house can quote them.

What I’ve come to understand through trainings at Boys and Girls Homes is that this behavior is a very common comfort behavior. The repetition provides a feeling of reassurance and consistency, something often hard to find in life.

Consistency is a key component in the care provided by BGHNC. We recognize the importance of giving that comfort element to the children, youth, and families that are going through some of the hardest experiences of their lives. This means having the same staff providing care and counseling. This means a standard set of rules and expectations applied in the same way in all programs across the organization. It means consistent methods of praise and correction for all members of the BGHNC family.

All of this works together to provide an environment of care that promotes health, healing, and hope among the children, youth and families who enter our doors.

Melissa Hopkins is the Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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