“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
― Desmond Tutu
There has been an increasing prevalence of young child daycare (babyhood and toddler years) violence, school-aged student violence, and adult violence in recent years.
Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.
Childhood behavior is either learned or allowed.
1. A hurt child is likely to hurt others especially when threatened with violence. Abuse or minor everyday hurts and frustrations can lead to violent episodes.
2. We must teach children that when they are hurt or upset that its ok to release the emotions about what has happened. Toddlers must be allowed to cry if they are hurt, hit, abused, frustrated, frightened, over-stimulated, or punished. The repression of these feelings for fear of punishment or negative evaluation, build up like a time bomb. When the child explodes, it is often unleashed on self or others.
What Parents Can Do: