The Blanco County Child Protection and Family Advocacy Board held a chalk art contest to promote child abuse prevention. The theme was “You Can Make a Difference in My Life.” Several local children participated, drawing images that depict loving family relationships.
Parents were provided with tips on how to create a loving relationship with children while setting and enforcing the limits they need. The good parenting advice includes:
• When children misbehave, let them know you dislike what they did and not who they are.
• Rewarding good behavior is more effective than punishing misbehavior.
• Try to “catch” your children being good. Be generous with your praise.
• Punishment should be used to help teach children about the consequences of their behavior. Never punish in anger.
• Setting a good example is the best way to teach your children how you want them to behave.
• Physical punishment teaches a child that hitting is okay.
• Words hurt. If you tell children they are stupid or lazy, they will grow up believing that.
• Make it a habit to spend time together. Make bedtime into story time, for example, and read together.
The Blanco County Child Protection and Family Advocacy Board’s mission is to encourage and promote activities that will benefit Blanco County children involved in court-ordered protective custody as well as those underprivileged children in need of services. The Board serves as a liaison between Blanco County and the Texas State Child Protective Services Agency, developing programs for the protection and well being of abused, needy or neglected children in Blanco County. Activities and programs include provision of school supplies, winter coats and school clothes for disadvantaged Blanco County children, as well as support for Blanco County children in protective custody.
Contact the Board at PO Box 213, Johnson City, TX 78636. Report child abuse or neglect at 1-800-252-5400.