This is true when it comes to violence.
Violent children usually come from violent homes. Their parents model violence as a way to resolve conflict. Or as a way to manage stress.
Even children who aren’t hit suffer when they witness violence. They don’t bond well with others. They have low self-esteem. They have nightmares. They withdraw or become aggressive.
Studies also show exposure to violence affects a child’s ability to learn.
Children must learn to control their impulses. They must develop empathy and learn to communicate.
To help prevent children from becoming violent, parents should:
• Give children constant love and attention. Children need consistency to feel safe and secure.
• Ensure children are guided and supervised. Activities should stress how to interact with others.
• Discuss problems with children. Show peaceful ways to find solutions.
• Never hit children. This tells children it’s okay to hit others to solve problems.
• Be consistent in their discipline. Clearly explain rules. Let children experience the consequences for not following them.
• Teach about the dangers of guns. Never keep guns where children can get them.
• Limit children’s viewing of violence on TV and in other media. Explain how painful violence really is.
• Teach personal safety—what to do if anyone tries to hurt them.
• Be connected with their communities. Work with others to make them safe.
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