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Parents be serious about your children’s welfare!


Editor: Many persons may have seen the story on the Internet or on television in which a man beat his girlfriend’s three-year-old son to death.

Imagine the pain the mother of the three-year-old child is going through now. The young mother entrusted the care of her young son to the boyfriend that she had been with for about one year{{more}}The child’s dirty diaper leaked on the furniture and the result is that the child was beaten to death. How horrible! Many of us have seen child abuse taking place, whether at home, day nurseries, pre-schools, schools etc. These abuses may be verbal and physical. Verbal abuse is the excessive use of language to undermine someone’s dignity and security through insults or humiliation, in a sudden or repeated manner.

Parents, ask yourselves: Has my child been experiencing this at some place – at home, day care, school etc? Though this may not be easy to know, parents do well to ask: Is the person caring for my child mentally sound? Parents can ask themselves: Do I verbally abuse my own or someone else’s child? Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Physical abuse includes acts of violence, such as extreme hitting and beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning.

Again, parents can ask the questions above. If your children are experiencing verbal or physical abuse, what are you doing about it as parents? Will you do something to bring relief to your children? Parents, prove your love for your children by doing something to ease the pains they may be going through as a result of verbal or physical abuses. Do not be afraid to take some suitable actions to help your child, even if the abuser of your child is someone who is viewed as a respectable person in society.

Parents, you also need to beware of possible sexual abuse of your children by close family members or others and do something to rescue you child if he or she becomes a victim. Parents, be SERIOUS about your children’s welfare! Warning to parents!

Brianna Patterson