Child Abuse Prevention for All

The trauma of childhood abuse can last into adulthood. Abuse impacts a child’s ability to grow, learn new things and develop healthy relationships.

Emotional abuse includes neglecting a child’s need for care and attention, constantly blaming or criticizing them and expressing inappropriate or unfair expectations. These actions can result in a child feeling that they are bad, unloved and unwanted. Physical abuse involves neglect or inflicting physical harm.

In acknowledgment of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, here are ways to understand, prevent and stop child abuse and neglect:

Develop protective factors. Learning about best parenting practices and child development, having supportive relationships, managing stress and getting help when you need it can prevent abuse. Learn more at https://www.first5la.org/parenting/family-strength…

Take a breath. When parents feel frustrated, risk of abuse rises. Be aware of your own feelings and take a deep breath, knowing that your frustration — and your child’s behavior — will pass. If you are still having a hard time, call a friend, relative, or helpline (see below).

Practice positive discipline. Studies show that hitting a child increases aggression and bad behavior. Positive discipline involves setting expectations, rules, and consequences for your child’s behavior. For more information, visit https://www.first5la.org/parenting/discipline/

Get Parenting Help. Get help 24/7 from a trained parent advocate at the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-427-2736. For California parenting resources, visit http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/find-support…

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