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What can be done to prevent abuse within your own family?

What can be done to prevent abuse within your own family?To prevent abuse within your own family, be a good parent. Be loving, nurturing, guiding and teaching. Yes, this is all easier said than done, but there are ways to work on being a good parent. Here are some tips:

• Take care of yourself – the better you take care of yourself, the better you will be able to care for your children. Set aside some “me time” to exercise, nap, work on a hobby, etc. Re-energize yourself and lower your stress levels before you deal with your children.
• Give your child chores – not only will doing so give you more time, but it will also lead to good cooperation between you and your child and teach your child to be more responsible.
• Tell your child how much you love him or her. When your child does something good, tell him or her.
• Respect your children – the more you respect them, the more they will be able to respect you.
• Do not take anger/stress out on your children – if you are angry at someone at work, do not yell at your children. Instead, deal with that problem at work. Do not force punishment on your children that they do not deserve.
• Have rules – when your child has boundaries, he or she knows what to expect and can feel more secure. They need to know why something they have done or might do is bad.
• Call a support helpline – if you continue to struggle with how to properly deal with your children, then visit a local support center or call a child abuse prevention hotline. There is help for you out there. Do not give up! Numbers like 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) can help not just victims but abusers and witnesses and survivors of abuse.

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