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    Simple Actions, Large Impacts

    Eating pizza can positively impact the life of a child. As can wearing blue, planting a pinwheel, and attending a Rockies game. All these activities are fun yet simple actions making large impacts.

    Supporting children and strengthening families is simple when participating in these activities during Child Abuse Prevention Month. And while big actions are important, this April, simply take the time to encourage a parent.

    Parenting is one of the toughest and most important jobs. Entire communities play a role in helping one another find the strength they need to raise safe, healthy, and productive children. Besides eating pizza, here are some things you can do:

    Get to know your neighbors.
    Problems seem less overwhelming when support is nearby.

    Help a family under stress.
    Offer to babysit, help with chores and errands, or suggest resources in the community that can help.

    Reach out to children in your community.
    A smile or a word of encouragement can mean a lot.

    Be an active community member.
    Lend a hand at local schools, community or faith-based organizations, children’s hospitals, social service agencies, or other places where families and children are supported.

    Keep your neighborhood safe.
    Start a Neighborhood Watch or plan a local “National Night Out” community event. You will get to know your neighbors while helping to keep your neighborhood and children safe.

    Learn how to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect.
    Reporting your concerns may protect a child and get help for a family who needs it.

    Research shows that parents and caregivers who have support—from family, friends, neighbors, and their communities—are more likely to provide safe and healthy homes for their children. When parents lack support or feel isolated, they may be more likely to make poor decisions that can lead to neglect or abuse. So, take a simple action this month, it could forever change the life of a child.

    March 29, 2017

    Last Updated: 3-29-2017