April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Preventing child abuse goes beyond the month of April in the Marine Corps community. Every day, there is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. Even if you are not a parent, you play a vital role. Offering support when you see a parent struggling can make all the difference in the world. Being a parent is not easy; dealing with a deployment or a PCS can make parenting even more stressful. Knowing what to do can be challenging when you are trying to help someone. Here are a few tips that might be useful:
There are a wide variety of resources available to help parents. The New Parent Support Program is available to Marine Corps families who are expecting or have children ages 0 to 5. The program provides support and education through home visitation, groups, and classes. The Family Advocacy Program offers support to parents through groups, classes, and counseling services. Military OneSource is also available for additional information and resources.
You, as a parent, have an enormous amount of influence on your child’s current and future development. How you interact with your child, especially when they are very young, has a large impact and sets the stage for their behavior later on.
Navigating a relationship can be tough! When differences arise, don’t be afraid to talk about your concerns. Open communication is key to a healthy relationship.
Millions of people will gather to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services during Red Ribbon Week.