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Words Can Be Cruel

Many parents will tell you that they get very enraged when they hear of adults physically abusing children. Child abuse can leave both psychological and physical scars. Many of us have been or are guilty of cruelty in the words we use in anger toward our children. Some of these you might have heard: "You're pathetic. You can't do anything right!", "Get out of here! I'm sick of looking at you!", "You are more trouble than you are worth.", "You disgust me so just shut up!" Such unkind words abound throughout the world and can hit as hard as a fist. Children will believe what their parents tell them.
Such verbal outbursts are often the result of different kinds of pressures where we think we have to lash out at something. With the tough economic times I imagine there are more pressures than ever on families and children. Children are an easy target even if they have not played a role in the pressure on one's mind. The next time everyday stress and pressure begins to build up, stop and try one of these alternatives.

  • Stop in your tracks.
  • Call a friend and talk.
  • Count to 20.
  • Press your lips together and breathe deeply.
  • Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face.
  • Leave the room.
  • Close your eyes and imagine what you're children are hearing.
  • Write down your thoughts.
  • These simple steps may help both you and your child feel better about yourselves. You gain confidence in your self-control and your child will not question their own personal worth. For more information on stress log onto our website at www.mentalhealthamericajc.net


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