At times, you may see parents behaving in inappropriate ways with their children. However, the behavior may not exactly be classified as abuse. Some examples of this kind of behavior that is wrong but not exactly abuse may be:
A parent yelling or shouting at a child in public
You may be confused about what to do in such situations. You may be confused about your responsibility towards the child. You may not know if you should get involved or not. You may want to help the parent and child rather than report them. All families face hardships. There are times when parents and children struggle with difficult situations and with each other. There are many times when parents are stressed out and tired. These are the times when they are more likely to lose control of themselves and treat their children badly. There are many things that you can do to help the parent and the child in such tough situations:
Model appropriate behavior to the parent. When a tired and stressed
parent is treating a child roughly, you can offer to help. For example-
if the parent is getting angry with the child because she is very slow
at putting on her shoes, you could say to her kindly, “Is there
anything I can do to help? I can help Marie get her shoes on.” This
will help the parent realize that she is being unreasonable in her behavior.
It is possible that the parent may refuse your help. But she will still
know that you tried to help.
In this way, you can help change a situation
where there is a possibility for a child to be treated roughly by his
For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at email@example.com
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