April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately, we live in a world where some children are verbally/physically abused or neglected. Sometimes this abuse comes from inside of a family, but it can also be perpetrated by someone outside of your family.
One of the best ways to protect children is to provide them with the knowledge that they should be treated with respect, they are in charge of their own bodies, they can express their feelings, and they can ask caring adults for help. These protective factors help children understand they do not deserve ill treatment and makes them more likely to look for support.
As a parent, you also know that when you are having a hard time managing daily stress, it’s hard not to affect your children. If you are struggling, ask for help. If you see another parent having a hard time, offer to listen or babysit.
This month we’ll be sharing tips to help you strengthen your family, reinforce your child’s body awareness, and build resiliency.