Abuse is one person trying to control another with fear, threats of violence, or bullying. Some examples of emotional abuse are:
All parents get frustrated with their children at times and say hurtful things to their children out of anger. Whether they mean to or not, when parents are angry, they can make their children feel worthless, flawed, or unloved. This behavior, when repeated often enough, is considered emotional abuse. If you were abused as a child, you are more likely to abuse your own children. Alcohol and drug abuse also make emotional abuse more likely.
Emotional abuse hurts children just as much as physical abuse. It just shows in different ways. Results of emotional abuse can include:
Raising children is not easy. Here are some examples of things you can try when you feel angry or frustrated:
Children need love, praise, attention, and respect to develop a healthy self-esteem. Some things you can do are:
When you get frustrated with your child, remember:
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