JOIN US IN HONORING APRIL
AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
During the month of April, we are asking you to wear a blue ribbon. The tradition began when a grandmother lost her beloved grandchild at the hands of her daughter's boyfriend. She wanted to bring attention to the death of her grandchild, symbolized by the wearing of a simple blue ribbon.
Each of us can join in honoring all children and in promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
If you would like to learn more about our services join our council or become a volunteer. Please call. Together we can make this world a safer place for our children.
Child Abuse Prevention Council
2005 Child Abuse Prevention Council
Blue Ribbon Campaign
It Only Takes A Minute.....
1. Take time out each day to do something for yourself, exercise stretching, listening to soothing music, reading or meditation are some proven ways to reduce stress
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2. If you are feeling overwhelmed arrange for someone outside help so you can manage all aspects of your life more effectively
3. Keep your sense of humor when things don't go as planned, no one's a perfect parent- or a perfect child
4. Accept that a child sometimes make mistakes are inconsistent, and act thoughtlessly- this is part of being a child
5. Count to 10 before you react when you get angry
6. Ease tension with a human touch- share a hug, hold hands, or give a pat on the back
7. Listen to your child and show you value your conversation. Good communication can prevent conflict and stress
8. Schedule in family fun and fitness, laughter and physical activity are great stress reducers
9. Spend time with friends talking about your parenting concerns, share your reflections on the joy of parenting
10. Learn how children mature so your expectations for your child are realistic
KEEP YOUR COOL
WITH YOUR KIDS
KNOW YOUR LIMITS. ACCEPT WHAT YOU CAN'T CHANGE…FOR NOW.
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EASE YOUR TENSION. TAKE A WALK. LISTEN TO MUSIC. SPLASH COLD WATER ON YOUR FACE.
ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN'S POSITIVE QUALITIES AND CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS.
PHONE A FRIEND. IT HELPS TO SHARE YOUR CONCERNS AND TALK THINGS OUT.
YOUR EXAMPLE HELPS YOUR CHILDREN LEARN TO HANDLE ANGER.
OPT FOR THE COUNTING CURE IF NEEDED. COUNT TO 10…20…OR 100.
USE YOUR KITCHEN TIMER FOR "TIME OUT" BEFORE DISCIPLINING.
REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE SLIPS UP AT TIMES, INCLUDING YOUR CHILDREN.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS; THESE INCLUDE THE CHILDREN YOU LOVE.
ORGANIZE THE TIME AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN SO YOU ENJOY YOUR TIMES TOGETHER.
OUT OF IDEAS TO HANDLE ANGER? CONSIDER PARENTING CLASSES.
LEARN WHICH "COOL DOWN" METHODS WORK BEST FOR YOU AND USE THEM.
Download in MS Word Support your child's goals and ideas, even if they differ from yours.
Encourage your child to make his or her own choices.
Let your child be responsible for whatever he or she is ready to contribute to the family.
Focus on your child's strengths and assets and praise positive behavior.
Educate your child that effort counts, just as much as final products.
Set reasonable limits and follow through on them so your child knows that he or she is considered capable of handling limits.
Try asking for your child's opinions and decisions.
Expect positive results from everything your child does, and accept failure as well as success.
Express your feelings and encourage your child to do the same without fear of judgement.
Make it clear that you love your child as he or she is.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE
ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC
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Remember that most parents love their kids and want to do a good job parenting
Sympathize with a parent, "Looks like you are having a rough time"
Don't criticize; It can make things worse
Offer to help in small ways: carry groceries, watch the cart, help with other children
Talk to the child if you can, " It looks like you are tired"
Find something positive to say about the child
Remember that humor can help defuse a tense situation, "Kids can be a handful"
Take action if necessary for the physical safety of the child. Alert a store manager or CALL 911
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL
CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE
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