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Keeping Children Safe

Parents are their children’s first teachers, and are one of the most important influences on children’s physical, social, and emotional development. There are resources available to support you and your children’s health and safety.

It takes all of us working together to give children healthy, happy, and safe childhoods. These resources provide helpful information to keep children safe.

Tips For Being a Nurturing Parent or Caregiver:
Help your children feel loved, safe and secure.

We can all take steps to build our relationships with our children:

  • Make sure your children know you love them, even when they do something wrong.
  • Encourage your children
  • Praise their achievements and talents.
  • Spend time with your children
  • Do things together that you all enjoy.

Seek help if you need it.  Asking for help is a sign of strength.

If you think stress may be affecting the way you respond to your child, or if you just want the extra support that all parents need at some point, try the following:

  • Talk to someone. Tell a friend, healthcare provider or a leader in your faith community about your concerns. Join a self-help group for caregivers.
  • Seek Counseling. Individual or family counseling can help you learn healthy ways to communicate with each other.
  • Take a parenting workshop or class. Such learning opportunities can give you knowledge skills, and support for effective parenting and connect you with other parents who share your concerns.  Reach out to the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) to fine a program in your area.
  • Accept help. Accept offers of help from friends, family or neighbors and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Call the New York Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN.

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