|Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect|
Children have the right to feel loved and protected. Since children have limited capacity for reason and logic, the child’s parent, guardian or caregiver is there to provide the nurturing a child needs to grow to be a positive contributor in life and society. The caregivers are there to give their best to the child and look out for the child’s best interest.
Parenting tips can be picked up, but the act of parenting is a learned skill. Sometimes, the caregiver may be in a position that compromises their ability and responsibility to nurture their children. Perhaps the caregiver may have suffered a job loss or maybe a relationship between adults is having problems. Stresses like these can become too much to bear and the parental experience may feel overwhelming. Unfortunately the child may be in an environment or home where the caregiver is letting these factors get the better of them, thus hindering the well-being and development of the child, BUT with prevention and programs available to help fullfill the needs of both the child and caregivers, child abuse and neglect never needs to begin.
Children need nurturing, patience, love, and security to grow. Children need to feel they will always have someone who loves and protects them. As the child’s brain develops, the caregiver can help the child have a healthy positive self-image. This helps children become smart, healthy and giving adults. Abuse, maltreatment and neglect damages a child’s self-esteem and diminishes their happy spirit. This makes it difficult for the child to develop a healthy mental state because of the lack of tools to do so: security and love.
Although parents have ultimate responsibility for their children, community efforts are essential to children’s happiness and well-being too. An example is a teacher. The teacher may also have a positive impact on the child, helping him or her learn and feel safe. Being part of a community is great support. Community centers, libraries and schools are a good ways to involve families and friends, as a way to grow and develop happy, healthy children into positive members of society.