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Alternatives To Child Abuse - How To NOT Hurt Your Children

Updated on December 19, 2008

Child abuse and neglect are unacceptable and should not be tolerated by any means. You would think that most people agree with that statement. But with the official announcement today by the Orange County Sheriff's office in Florida that the child's remains which were found last week are in fact all that is left of little Caylee Marie Anthony it makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with people? There have been a few child abuse stories that I will never forget. Caylee's is one of them.

The toddler's mother is charged with first degree murder and does not deserve to see the light of day. Casey Anthony is a selfish cold hearted sociopath.There is no excuse whatsoever for harming an innocent child.There are other things you can do to deal with the situation.

I understand that kids can drive you crazy sometimes and make you want to pull your hair out. Raising children is challenging. Nobody said it would be easy It is how you as a parent choose to handle those challenging situations that can affect the rest of your child's life.

Here are some alternatives to child abuse for stressed out parents.

When you feel like you head is fixing to explode just stop and take a few minutes and breathe. Go in another room and count to 10 or 20. This may sound generic but those short seconds or minutes that you are away from your child can make a world of difference.

Call someone on the phone

Scream into a pillow (not in front of your children of course)

Go for a walk if you can leave the kids with a spouse of someone you trust

Go outside in the backyard

Take a drive

Turn on some music

Splash cold water on your face

Call the National Child Abuse/Neglect Hot-line at 800-422-4453

Do something productive with your children. Many times they are acting out because they are bored or are craving your attention


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      Franner 8 years ago

      I feel so bad for this child, I wouldn't treat my dog this way. Poor caylee. makes me so depressed.God bless that little girl.

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      nice article

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      Reg Brittain 9 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

      Thank you for posting this hub.  When people say to me things like, "People should hit their kids, or they'll be spoiled," I just point to my wife. 

      Her parents raised her without spanking, hitting, slapping, or anything even approaching abuse. 

      She is the most gracious, empathetic, well-adjusted person I have ever known, and many people say the same of her.

      Would that my parents had had the foresight of my wife's parents.

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      Ashley Tyler 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      That is terrible. I do not care what the excuse is it will always be wrong. No matter if on drugs or if they were previously abused or just plain mean it doesn't matter. I hate it. I often think about all the small children all over the world that are abused and how nobody helps them either because they have nobody to tell or nobody cares. It breaks my heart. And there are way more child abuse cases than people ever hear about. Lots of them never get put on the news for whatever reason. I have a relative that is a detective for childrens sex crimes and she says you would not believe what these children go through.

      I think all the sex offenders and abusers should be kept on a remote island and left all to themselves. Let them abuse eachother.

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      Child abuse, physical or sexual is the worst thing a person could do. I don't know what gets into people. I had a best friend who was a tremendous person, successful, loving husband, loving father, but he had a drak side that no one knew about, he got on drugs about five years ago and had a downward spiral, lost his home, family, job, and ended with a girl(another druggie) who had a six month old daughter. One day, while he was stressed from the drugs, the baby continued to cry, and he ended up losing it and no one knows what happened for sure next, but the baby was dropped to the ground and received severe brain trauma and almost didn't live. The friend claims to the cops and the court, he had no recollection of what happened, and it came up that he may have physically hurt his own kids in the past. He claims to other friends of mine, that he is saddened every day (of course he's in prison) of what happened and wishes no harm on anyone and asks for forgiveness, he blames the drugs and some demon in him that he couldnt control. I haven't talked to him and do not plan to. The girl is supposedly okay now but they still don't know her long term diagnosis. I think anyone who sexually touches a child should be castrated.