As a parent or guardian, have you ever been in a situation where you were too angry or frustrated to respond to your child calmly and positively? Parenting is a demanding but rewarding opportunity to help shape the minds of young persons. Children can make you angry at times and parents need to use techniques that will help them manage their emotions in difficult situations. This is also necessary because the likelihood of a child being abused by their caregivers significantly increases when the persons engaging in the disciplinary actions are angry or feeling overwhelmed by stress.
Around the world, people are adjusting to working from home or being home-schooled. Without a doubt, this can be a challenging experience for most families and staying mentally healthy can become difficult.
Parenting during a pandemic (like COVID-19) can increase the levels of stress experienced by all members of a family. The disruption in daily routines and the anxiety over becoming exposed to this new virus can often lead to interpersonal conflict (for example, domestic violence and child abuse), depression, violence, etc.
A key thing to note though, as any young person knows, is that extremely strict parents might just make sneaky children. Open communication can go a much longer way in child protection than strict rules often can.