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Face It Movement Cautions Community of Child Abuse During the Holidays

holiday stress

Louisville, KY – The holidays are a time to embrace family and celebrate the gifts we have been given, material and otherwise. But there is something else that often accompanies holiday cheer – street that can put child at risk for abuse.

With children home from school, holiday travel and the financial weight on parents’ shoulders, they can become unable to cope with the stress and may take it out on their children.

In 2012, 2,579 children were abused or neglected in Jefferson County. That is 1.5% of the 172,289 children ages 0-17 in the county. Let’s do our best to shrink this statistic and protect children around the holidays and every day of the year.

Tips for parents to keep their cool this winter:

  • While listening to a child cry can become frustrating, shaking or harming a child is NEVER the answer.
  • When you are upset with your child, give yourself some space. Walk away and count to 10 to calm yourself down.
  • It is okay to leave the child in a crib or other safe place while you regroup.
  • Keep calm. Your anger only ignites the situation and changes the focus from the behavior of the child to you anger.

If you witness abuse:

  • Document the situation and report it to authorities.
  • If you are close with the caregiver, attempt to intervene and de-escalate a potential harmful situation in a kind and non-judgmental manner by offering to help out.