Daily Activities to Help You and Your Child Connect!
According to the 2007 statistics from “Childhelp” an organization that works in the area of prevention and treatment of child abuse, “approximately 5.8 million children were involved in an estimated 3.2 million child abuse reports and allegations”. Unfortunately children are abused every day.
Abuse comes in many forms, from neglect to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. With April being child abuse awareness month, this is a great time to look activities you can do with your children to help both educate them and build prevention strategies, as well to simply show your children how much you care. A great first step in helping your children become a little safer from these concerns is to set up a calendar of activities to do together everyday.
These do not have to be elaborate or expensive activities and not every activity needs to be focused on child abuse prevention. Actually neither should be the case. Small, simple activities that promote conversation and show your child how much you care are the best type of activities you can plan. An example of a week would look would be something like this:
Monday: Practice crossing the street carefully.
Tuesday: Do a puzzle together.
Wednesday: Ask your child about their opinion on something that affects the whole family and encourage them to share their thoughts.
Thursday: Plant something together, like flowers or some herbs to cook with.
Friday: Read a book together, let your child pick the book.
Saturday: Clean up and find unused items around the house that you can donate to charity. Talk about the charity and people they help.
Sunday: Talk about what to do in an emergency, have your child help make the family plan.
As you can see, none of these activities are costly or difficult. They are though, the types of activities that really help build the communication and trust that allows your child to feel secure and loved.
Another idea for building communication and bonding is to watch the news together one night, talk about the stories and how they effect the people on the news, in your neighborhood, or in your town, country and world. Help your child understand how that can affect people you cannot even see. Empathy is such an important attribute to have. If your child sees you being empathetic, not only to them but to those around them, they will emulate that behavior.
The best strategy you can take as a parent to help your child is to strengthen your family communication. Research has shown that children who live in families that communicate daily and have a relationship that has fostered trust and security are less likely to be abused and most importantly significantly more likely to tell a parent if they have been, or are being, abused thereby preventing further abuse from occurring. Even things that seem like small things to an adult make a big difference in a child’s life.