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Parents can use available resources

April 21, 2008
The Advertiser-Tribune
CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties and The Advertiser-Tribune are offering parenting tips throughout the month of April to promote healthy families.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. It is our hope these tips will help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Last week, we featured parenting tips on ways to make sure your child is well cared for and kept safe.

Parents can use community resources to add value to their children’s lives. Children need to have access to people with whom they can develop healthy, supportive relationships. That includes extended family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Be a parent who introduces your child to books.

Be a parent who involves your child in youth enrichment programs such as music or sports.

Be a parent who sets a good example by solving problems in a positive way.

Be a parent who meets your child’s friends to ensure they have positive influences.

Be a parent who welcomes your child’s friends.

Be a parent who compliments your child.

Be a parent who laughs out loud with your child.

As a community we can help support and protect children and families. Research has shown parents and other caretakers who have resources and support are more likely to provide safe and healthy homes for their children.

As a community we can:

* Offer support to families when they seem stressed and need help.

* Offer to baby sit for families with small children.

* Offer words of encouragement and praise children for their achievements.

* Adopt and foster children.

* Volunteer for programs that support children and parents.


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