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Thursday, April 10, 2008

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs ever! It takes more skills than the average human being possesses to succeed at this career. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, educating, disciplining, socializing, juggling schedules, paying bills, obsessively worrying about how good a parent you are… the list of your required competencies are insanely endless.

Unfortunately, you will receive no formal training for this job. You will probably be criticized no matter how well you do. There is no such thing as a perfect parent.

But there are good parents. Good parents are aware – of their weaknesses, of their children’s abilities, and of places they can go to get help if needed. Good parents are willing to learn a better way.

Parents are not the only people that might abuse a child. All of us have the responsibility to do something to prevent children from being hurt.

If you’re interested in reading a story about child abuse, try reading Dave Pelzer’s ‘A Child Called “It”’. It’s a horrendous account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. I was fortunate enough to attend Mr. Pelzer’s presentation in Brainerd several years ago. Unforgettable! So many of us listened to this man’s story and sobbed at his trauma. Mr. Pelzer is a stranger to us. An ironic thing is we often have children being abused somewhere close to us and we choose to not see it. We squint our eyes and pray someone else does something.

To learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month check out these sites:

http://www.preventchildabusemn.org/index.php

http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/

http://www.cyfernet.org/hottopic/childabuse.html

http://cdf.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=Programs_Cradle_Abuse_Neglect

http://womenscenteronline.org/alex.html

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