April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Being a parent is hard work and everyone can have a bad day but, when that bad day becomes too much and you are feeling overwhelmed bad things can happen. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed call a friend or family member or anyone who might be a great support for you. If you cannot get help right away put your child in a safe place in the home and take a moment to yourself to calm down.  If you see any signs in someone you know, or if you yourself are involved in an abusive relationship, get help right away. Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is a 24-hour hotline with resources to aid in every child abuse situation. All calls are confidential. Call 1-800-4 A Child (1-800-422-4453) or go to their website at www.childhelp.org .

Here are ten ways to help prevent child abuse;

  • Be a Nurturing Parent.
  • Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams
  • Help a Friend, Neighbor, or Relative.
  • Being a parent isn't easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together
  • Help Yourself
  • When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control-take time out. Don't take it out on your kid.
  • If Your Baby Cries...
  • It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won't stop crying. NEVER shake a baby-shaking a child might result in severe injury or death.

These are just a few. For more information go to: www.preventchildabuse.org

And, remember you child is just starting to learn about the world. Let's not teach them that it is a scary world.