Sometimes, it seems that children rocket into new developmental stages. Suddenly, your baby is crawling toward every outlet in the house. Your teen mutates from bouncy chatter-box into a screaming pot o’ anger in the blink of an eye. And as parents in the middle of it all, you are left to wonder: How do I keep up?
As it turns out, this know-how actually plays a strong role in preventing child abuse. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, if caregivers have a strong understanding of child development and parenting methods, the children in that home have a much lower risk of being the victim of abuse or neglect.
In other words: knowledge = safety for children.
R & R (Read & Respond): Where do you turn to find out what’s going on with your baby, child, or teen?