Child Abuse Prevention Tips

10 Things to Do Instead of Spanking

  
  • IGNORE- Ignore behavior that is not harmful to children, like bad habits, whining, and tantrums
  • SUSPEND PRIVILEGES- Match the privilege to the action as much as possible. If the children fight over the TV, they lose watching privileges for the weekend.
  • LOGICAL CONSEQUENCES- Let the action do the talking. For example, if the child breaks a toy, you take away other toys and let him play with the broken one.
  • REARRANGE SPACE OR PLACE- Prevent problems from coming up by setting up an environment that says “Yes”.
  • REDIRECT BEHAVIOR- Get the child interested in something else when they misbehave.
  • USE “WHEN…THEN”- Tie what you want to what they want.
  • FINES- Sometimes a small fine, to pay for a family outing works.
  • WORK DETAIL- Good for older children.
  • MODEL- Show the child what you want him to do.
  • TIME OUT- Use for dangerous and harmful behavior like hitting and biting.

**The above list of parenting tips are suggestions and we recognize there may be more to follow, so we encourage you to use your best judgment when disciplining.**

        

10 Tips for Stress-less Parenting

  

  • Take time out each day to do something for yourself.
  • Exercise, listening to music, reading are some proven ways to reduce stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, arrange for some outside help.
  • Keep your sense of humor when things don’t go as planned. No one is a perfect parent-or a perfect child.
  • Accept that children sometimes make mistakes, are inconsistent, and act thoughtlessly.
  • Count to 10 before you react when you get angry.
  • Ease tension with a human touch-share a hug, hold hands or give a pat on the back.
  • Listen to your child and show you value your conversations. Good communication can prevent conflict and stress.
  • Schedule in family fun and fitness. Laughter and physical activity are great stress reducers.
  • Spend time with friends talking about your parenting concerns. Also share your reflections on the joys of parenting.
  • Learn how children mature so your expectations for your child’s behavior are realistic.

**The above list of parenting tips are suggestions and we recognize there may be more to follow, so we encourage you to use your best judgment when parenting.**

        

Baby Crying?

  

(American Academy of Pediatrics Pennsylvania Chapter)

Please don’t take it personally! All babies cry- that’s how they communicate.

  • Pick up your baby and hold close to you; hum, sing or shush your baby.
  • Check if baby needs to be changed, fed and/or burped.
  • Check if baby is too hot or too cold.
  • Make sure baby’s clothes fit comfortably.
  • Swaddle (wrap) your baby tightly in a blanket.
  • Play white noise (radio or TV static, fan, vacuum) as loud as baby’s cry.
  • Rock gently or use a baby swing.
  • Offer baby something to suck (breast, finger, pacifier).

Never yell at, hit or shake your baby!