Every 10 seconds in the United States a child abuse report is made, and between four and seven kids die everyday from abuse or neglect in our country, according to Childhelp Foundation.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy and happy atmosphere. There are some techniques useful in guiding children’s behavior to help them learn self-control and build character. Treat children with respect. Limit the number of rules. Give Choices. Explain reason for the rule. Redirect Children. Give Warnings.Set limits and follow-through. Listen to Children
It’s bound to happen. As kids grow and learn, they push boundaries. They have to learn for themselves to fall and it’s up to the adults in their lives to provide a stable environment for them to be able to do so. Manage the everyday stress that comes with rearing children because you can’t help anyone if you don’t help yourself. Accept what you cannot change. Have faith. Relax! Take care of your health. Take Time for yourself. Develop a support network.
If someone you know has been a victim of child abuse, make a report locally. Some common warning signs of abuse:
A child who is physically abused may:
- Not care much about what’s going on around him or her.
- Not react normally to pain, other people, or changes.
- Avoid a certain parent or caregiver.
- Act more sad, angry or fearful than normal.
- Not do well in school.
- Hurt himself/herself on purpose.
A child who is sexually abused may:
- Not want to go to the bathroom.
- Show signs of discomfort while sitting, urinating, etc.
- Running away from home.
- Knowing more than he or she should about sex.
- Attempting suicide.
Symptoms of neglect include:
- Very underweight or overweight.
- Developmentally delayed.
- Sick or tired most of the time.
- Being dirty, or having poor hygiene.
If any of these signs raise a red flag please do not hesitate to help the child by contacting officials who can help. Those officials can be police officers or by calling the national child abuse hotline 1-800-4-A-Child