Usually the term “pro-life” is used in context of abortions. This statement by Wikipedia allows for a broader use:
Pro-life individuals generally believe that human life should be valued either from fertilization or implantation until natural death.
If human life is valued, it follows that children will be valued and not subjected to the multitude of abuses which are so prevalent in our society. Child abuse in all its forms can lead to serious impairments in the life of the child.
Long-term effects of child abuse
- Higher rates of chronic conditions in adulthood
- High-risk health behaviors
- Shortened lifespan
- Psychiatric problems
- Anxiety, depression, fear
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Disorganized attachment
- Chronic head, abdominal, pelvic, or muscular pain with no identifiable reason
- Self-destructive behaviors such as cutting, drugs, promiscuity
- Abused children are far more likely to be drawn into gang activities and child sex slavery
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
What are ways you can have a positive impact on the lives of the children in your circle?
- Understand and recognize the signs of abuse and be willing to report them, and follow through as a support to the child.
- Think about your own childhood and life experiences. If you are suffering from effects of abuse, get help and work through your own issues so that you can be a healthy influence on the children around you.
- Spend time listening to the child, actively engaging in hearing and feeding back what is said without judging.
- Affirm the young person for his or her value as a person.
- Point out the good characteristics and avoid criticism of areas that need improvement
- Be a good role model
- Be honest with the child about your shortcomings in appropriate ways.
- Make special dates with him or her, focusing on things the child enjoys.
- Teach a new skill or learn something together
- Understand the child’s learning style and love language, and find ways to express affirmation accordingly.
- Before saying “No” to a child’s request, ask for more information. Find out what is the need behind the request. Sometimes what the heart is saying is different than the words used.
- Only make promises that you will keep.
- Celebrate small successes and big events.
- Celebrate the child as a gift from God.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of healthy ways to have a positive impact on children as part of child abuse prevention or intervention. What great ideas do you have? Share some below.
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