The Power of One
Each one of us has the power
to change the life of a child.
What you can do:
Anything you do to support children and parents can help reduce the stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.
Be a nurturing parent - Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable.
Help yourself - When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control--take time out. Don't tke it out on your child.
If your baby cries - It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won't stop crying. Never shake a baby - shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.
Get to know your neighbors - Problems seem less overwhelming when support is nearby.
Help a friend, neighbor, or relative - Offer to babysit, help with chores and errands, or suggest resources in the community that can help. Offer to babysit, so the
parent(s) can rest or spend time together.
Be an active community member - Lend a hand at local schools, community or faith-based organizations, children's hospitals, social service agencies, or other places where families and children are supported.
Give your used clothing, furniture, and toys for use by another family - This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their children.
Learn how to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect - Reporting your concerns may protect a child and get help for a family who needs it.