March 6, 2017

Straight Talk About Child Abuse

Straight Talk About Child Abuse
By Kerrie McLoughlin
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so let’s get some straight talk going about this important topic that is often avoided. Nobody wants to be seen as a bad parent, which means that often if we are having trouble in our family we don’t reach out for help because we are afraid of being judged harshly. Even the best of parents have a bad day now and then. It’s how they handle that bad day that sets them apart.

Why does it happen?

Families are busier than ever lately, and that causes incredible amounts of stress. It becomes easy to take that stress out on children, who need so much from us and require large amounts of our energy and patience. Other stress factors include situations such as a death in the family, divorce, and job loss/financial factors, as well as “positive” stress accompanied by change such as moving, a promotion at work, a new baby, etc.

This piece goes on to discuss how you can prevent it and how you can get help ...

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