Don't forget...April is Child Abuse Prevention month!
|Amy Cole, Supervisor of the Family Education Program|
There are so many things we can all do for the kids and families in our lives. Try this: make special time for children, really listen to what they have to say, support other parents who are struggling, acknowledge that parenting is tough work, and spend time with families in you neighborhood. You can even plant a Pinwheel Garden! Pinwheels are a sign of happy, carefree childhoods and represent Child Abuse Prevention month. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we all participate in some way to strengthen our communities for the sake of our children, our future. Raising happy, healthy children is a community effort that will pay off in amazing ways. Let’s do it right the first time instead of trying to fix it later on!
To learn more, or to get some support as a parent, here are a few resources: Family Services Family Education Program – Amy Cole 331-5641 x223; The Parent Helpline – 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373) every day from 9am to 10pm, a confidential line available in English and Spanish.
Visit www.familyservicesny.org or www.preventchildabuseny.org