How You Can Prevent Child Abuse
Child abuse can happen in any family and neighborhood. Studies show that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith. The incidence is however higher in the following category of people.
- Families in which parents are in their mid 20’s.
- Families who are below the poverty level or who are financially stressed.
- Families who are stressed out because of a job or home.
- Families with a history of intergenerational abuse, alcohol, substance abuse , depression and spouse abuse.
These tips can help in stopping child abuse
- Try to understand your child. You have to have realistic expectations and be reasonable when children fall short. Learn how kids behave and what they do at different ages.
- Keep child healthy. When you deny children food, sleep and health care, it is called abuse by neglect.
- Watch what you say. Bad words can leave an emotional scar for a lifetime.
- Get help with alcohol and drug problems. You should also keep children away from anyone who abuses these substances.
- Get control of yourself before disciplining a child. Avoid physical punishment. Set clear rules so that your child knows what to expect.
- Make your home a violence free zone. You need to turn off violent shows. You should also keep children away from an abusive adult.
- Join a support group for new parents.
- Take a time – out. Stop if you begin to act out frustration or other emotions physically. You should get someone to take care of your kids and go for a walk.
- Take regular breaks from your children to release the stress of full time parenting.
Child abuse prevention. Stanford Children’s Hospital.https://www.childhelp.org/childhelp-approach/?a=prevention-programs&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6JjgBRDbARIsANfu58HeTx9yg5GM0_axFeHAVu7UspCPrGxJWf9NmtCroH5ySrln7X8W4_kaAu9REALw_wcB. Accessed December 5th, 2018
Understanding and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/understanding-child-abuse.aspx. Accessed December 5th, 2018