In a previous post, I mentioned that it's National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse isn't always so cut and...
In a previous post, I mentioned that it's National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse isn't always so cut and dry. Often parents who are overly stressed will physically or emotionally abuse their children, simply because they don't know what else to do. Some parents don't know that there are better ways to communicate with kids - ways that don't involve screaming and hitting. That said, I figured we'd look at some past parenting tips offered here at P&B:
- Violent discipline is NEVER smart or effective - violence against kids equals kids who are violent, plain and simple. Don't hit, don't scream. You're an adult right? Can't you find a better way to communicate with a little kid?
- If your baby or toddler says, "NO" all the time, you might want to look at what you're saying. I'm guessing it's, "NO." Try not saying, "NO" unless it's actually necessary.
- Teaching your child to be a nice person starts with parents who are nice people - that means working through issues without screaming and hitting.
- Maybe being a lazy parent will work in your favor.
- Domestic violence often equals child abuse. If you're a parent in an abusive relationship, you owe it to yourself, and your child, to try and get out of this situation. You can't parent well, when you're stressed and scared. Learn more about domestic violence.
- If your baby won't stop crying, it's okay to walk away from the situation for a little while. Crying can be stressful, but no matter how bad it gets, never ever shake or hit your crying baby. Babies cry, that's just a fact of life. Trust me, he won't always cry this much.
- Most importantly, to be an effective and calm parent, it really helps to have support. Line up your support team before your baby is born!