The day we think that the time we spent with the kids can be compensated by expensive gifts and nannies is the day we fail to ensure our kid’s mental health. In this fast world, our kids are subjected to different kinds of abuse. Child abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual. We have to pay close attention towards the changes in kid’s attitude and behavior to know if they are being abused. It’s the parent’s duty to ensure their kid’s mental and physical health. A basic understanding of child abuse is very crucial for keeping them safe.
Emotional/Psychological Abuse include constant criticism, threats or rejection, making them witness physical abuse as well as withholding love, support or guidance. These are mostly caused by persons who hold importance in the kid’s life. At times, we parents knowingly or unknowingly hurt the kids by the calling them names, threatening to hurt them physically(even if not doing it). We vent our frustrations of the worldly happenings on our kids. But, it is our responsibility to give our kids a peaceful environment.
Parents who undergo divorce should consider their kid’s emotions, mental health and should plan their divorce settlement accordingly. They should not drag their kids in the process. Single parents, rather than wallowing in self-pity, should work towards their kids and their emotional improvement.
Any actions which threaten the physical well being of the child is Physical Abuse. When a child shows signs of maltreatment it’s important to report to the authority. Unfortunately, it happens both within the family and outside.
The Parents/Care givers should keep in mind that physical abuse is not an excuse to discipline kids. As adults, we don’t get to inflict pain. This not only affects the kid physically but also leads to emotional trauma. Children often love or afraid of these people and hence they don’t bring it to the knowledge of others.
Parents should ensure that their kids have healthy friends. We can’t monitor kids 24/7 with whom they play but we can make it a point that our kids keep us informed when there is physical abuse among friends. Make sure you are not overprotecting your kids which might spoil the sport. Communicate often with your kids and try to understand their world and the persons they are close with. Check for bruises(mysterious or frequent), know your kid’s friends, and check for a change in behavior or attitude (in your kids).
Sexual Abuse in kids involves both touching and non-touching activities such showing pornography, making them pose for the same, deliberately exposing adult genitals etc.
Educate the child about good touch and bad touch. Allow your child to communicate with you. Trust your kid with their opinion, don’t make light of it. Make it a point that your child spent maximum time only with age appropriate people. Give keen attention towards their night mare, becoming suddenly withdrawn, mood swings, bruises etc.
In a haze to achieve new goals, we should not forego the important factor in our life. It’s we who brought them to the world and it’s our responsibility to make it a better place for our kids to live in. The best gift we can give our kid is our time and it cannot be compensated by any gifts or rewards. It is important to boost their confidence and prepare them to face the world.
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