The holidays aren’t over yet.
And during the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, one largely hidden statistic on the rise is: child abuse.
Throughout the season of good cheer, parents are under much more stress than usual. And that stress leads to abuse of children.
Not just more abuse, but more severe abuse.
Often by parents who, afterwards, can’t believe they did it.
Yet recognizing the stress and the risk, coupled with simple techniques, such as having a friend watch the kids or deep breathing, can buy the time necessary for parents to calm down and avoid abusive acts.