Children Abuse and Neglect and their Prevention

Parent’s role in preventing neglect and abuse of the children are expounded in the four articles in this discussion. Amanda May’s article “8 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make” discusses some of the actions that parents do in the name of disciplining their children, which amounts to child abuse. In most cases, parents are more likely to neglect or abuse their children under the pretence of teaching them good manners. They normally do this unconscious of the fact that they may be abusing a child. Also, parents are taught on how to prevent unconscious abuse of their children. I agree with the arguments expressed in the article that parents may prevent abuse by realizing the line between disciplining their children and abusing them.

Katherine Bowers’s “Quiet Power in a Loud World” is an exploration of child’s developmental stages noting that each child experiences a transition that may be interpreted wrongly by the parents. The article is specifically related to child abuse and neglect in the way it encourages parents to pay closer attention to the various emotional needs of their children to not see them as being rebellious or delinquent. Instead, parents should always be conscious of the need of their children and hence, not subject them to emotional negligence or abuse. The prevention of child abuse and neglect stems from parents appreciating the needs of their children as well as attending to those needs. The article relates to parental individualistic nature, where everything for them is correct including child abuse or negligence. Individualistic parents with monopoly views on what is right end up abusing or neglecting their children. There is a small difference between making children do what is demanded by parents and sharing information with children. One can see the connection between understanding or misunderstanding of the child’s emotional needs and child negligence or abuse on the parent’s part. I concur with the statements in this article because they help us to understand the difference between disciplining a child through loving, information sharing, and child abuse.

Melinda Smith and Lawrence Robinson’s article “Weight Problems and Obesity in Children”connects parental negligence in matters of health and child abuse. It makes it clear to parents that it is their responsibility to monitor their children’s eating habits and general lifestyle. In cases when the parents neglect these roles, they directly or indirectly abuse their children. When such responsibility is not executed as per the expectations, parents tend to abuse their children. I agree with the issues raised in the article because most children do not know what is right for them and need parental guidance, especially in terms of their healthy lifestyle. However, I think that the authors of the article should indicate that the parents’ right to guide children concerning their lifestyle should not amount to coercion or unfair enforcement of rules. It should be based on mutual understanding of the fact that parents should make their children understand why certain behaviors are bad for their health, and why others are good.

Kelley King Heyworth’s article “What We Know Right Now about Autism Could Change a Child’s Life” is about the myths that parents may have about their children with special needs including disability or autism. It is related to child abuse and negligence in the sense that when parents form myths and beliefs about their children with autism or any other form of disability, they are likely to abuse or neglect them. They do not help them as they would do with normal children. I agree with the views expressed in the article, especially because some parents are likely to deny children with autism or disability an equal opportunity to access education or enjoy the life as any other normal child. In an effort to enforce their myths, parents abuse or neglect children with special needs. The article may prevent child abuse and neglect by urging parents to treat children equally despite their physical or health conditions including autism. Parents should give children equal opportunities despite their conditions.

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