April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge
the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
Child abuse awareness is mental health awareness. Child abuse prevention is mental health prevention.
— Melissa Stennett Deuter, MD (melissadeuter.com)
We all know that a few kind words can change your entire outlook on a situation, but it can be a challenge to think of positive things to say in the moment. So, we’ve compiled a list of expressions to use in various situations to help parents be their children’s biggest champions. Accept the Words Matter Challenge and start a lifelong habit.
- Words Matter – Words of Encouragement for Children | Family Services (fairfaxcounty.gov)
(Fast Facts: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect / Violence Prevention / Injury Center | CDC)
Infographic Courtesy of Child Trends