Nurturing Parenting Skills Can Prevent Teen Domestic Violence.
Last month, we planted the seed. Throughout the next few months, we will help you to nourish that seed or relationship. February is “Teen Domestic Violence Prevention Month”. As a parent, we’re going to want to do everything we can to prevent our children from experiencing “domestic violence”. We can prevent it in the same way that we practice good parenting skills…
1. Spending time with our children by doing the things they like to do. Even if we feel silly playing video games or dancing to the latest Taylor Swift album, it will be worth it in the long run. We can even do something special on Valentine’s Day!
2. Always listening to our children even if they just want to talk about the small things. If we do, our children will be more likely to talk to us about the big things like a troubled relationship.
3. Telling our children we love them on a daily basis. This will refute anything negative that classmates, friends, or even a girl/boyfriend might say about them. We will be the “truth meter” by which they measure what other people say.
4. Building our children’s self-esteem. Encourage children to believe they can do anything they want to do. Never yell at or criticize children because it can destroy their self-esteem and make it more likely they will accept this behavior from someone else.
5. Teaching our children respect by being respectful of our children. They will be more likely to respect others; have self-respect; and less likely to tolerate a disrespectful relationship.
6. Never taking our annoyance or frustration out on our children. We must model good coping skills. If we don’t, our children will think they can’t count on us as parents and may be more likely to rely on others and put up with an abusive relationship.
7. Disciplining our children appropriately. The punishment should fit the “crime”. It should be appropriate but not harmful. Harsh punishment will only erode the parent-child relationship. It may also make our children feel they can’t count on us and make them more likely to seek shelter with someone else who is harsh or abusive.
8. Talking to our children about healthy relationships. They need to know the difference between a good and bad relationship. That way, if they are in a relationship that becomes violent, they will have the confidence to know they need to leave.
If, as parents, we do all these things to nurture our children as they grow, we will not only build a closer, stronger bond with our children, but we will also protect them from “domestic violence” and other traumatic experiences. That’s our opinion. Share yours at firstname.lastname@example.org. #StartTalking #ConversationStarter.