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Child Abuse Prevention Strategies

Understand the causes and effects of abuse and neglect. If you know a parent who is under stress, encourage them to seek help. To locate a parenting program that can provide guidance and support, call the Prevention Information and Parent Helpline at 1-800-342-7472; a program of www.preventchildabuseny.org

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing out at Your Child The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out — STOP! Try any of these simple alternatives. You’ll feel better… and so will your child.

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing out at Your Child
The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out — STOP!
Try any of these simple alternatives. You’ll feel better… and so will your child.

  • Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.
  • Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.
  • Press your lips together and count to 10… or better yet, to 20.
  • Put your child in a time-out chair (remember this rule: one time-out minute for each year of
    age).
  • Put yourself in a time-out chair. Think about why you are angry: is it your child, or is your
    child simply a convenient target for your anger?
  • Phone a friend.
  • If someone can watch the children, go outside and take a walk.
  • Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face
  • Hug a pillow.
  • Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along.
  • Pick up a pencil and write down as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list.
  • Call for prevention information: 1-800-CHILDREN