To the editor:
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign has been started by Prevent Child Abuse America. The pinwheels are the symbol to be used as an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all America's children deserve.
Preventing child abuse takes the whole community and all our efforts. The children of today are the future of Minnesota's tomorrow. Our children's success depends on healthy development and growth supported by our communities and healthy, nurturing families. Children growing up in homes free of abuse and neglect have the opportunity to develop into healthy and caring adults who contribute to our society.
As a parent, show your children love by giving them a sense of security and support in your home. Give your full attention when your child is speaking with you. Find time to spend together as a family and individually with each child. Many children's best memories are made by the little things done by parents, not by the "things" parents buy their kids. And never be afraid to ask for help. Parenting is a difficult job!
As a member in the community, think about how you can help children and the families you know. Offer to make a meal. Volunteer at schools or local groups that support children and families. Offer to babysit children so a parent can have a break even if it's for only an hour. The smallest act of kindness can make such a difference for a child and their parent.
As you are out in our Brown County communities in April, look for the blue and silver pinwheels that represent the children in our cities, counties, state, and nation. More information on supporting children and families, and ending child abuse can be found at: www.pcamn.org, or by calling 1-800-CHILDREN.
LISTEN. YOU CAN end child abuse, MINNESOTA.
Laura Filzen, Stacy
Helget, Lori Thom
Brown County Child Protection
Brown County Child Protection Supervisor