Children’s Hospital Association of Texas Provides Tips to
Prevent Child Abuse Increase During the Holidays
AUSTIN, Texas — The holidays are upon us, which is good news for excited kids and family members anxious to re-connect. But many Texas parents struggle to find childcare while school is out and worry how they can afford the added expenses of holiday gifts and travel. The frustration and stress that many families experience this time of year often lead to more cases of child abuse or neglect.
More than 65,000 Texas children are abused or neglected each year. Many times, economic and personal stresses are contributors to child abuse. For many parents, the holidays increase these stress levels because of the extra demands on their time, money and energy.
“Many children and adults have unrealistic expectations for a perfect holiday season,” Bryan Sperry, president of the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT), said. “Additionally, arguments with family members, exhaustion from over-planning and dependence on food and alcohol—among other factors—can become a catalyst for parents losing their temper.”
To minimize the risk of abuse, it’s best to reduce unnecessary stress by planning ahead. The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas recommends the following tips that parents can use to avoid having a holiday meltdown.
About the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas
The mission of the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) is to support the development of an effective, comprehensive, high-quality and appropriately funded children’s healthcare delivery system in Texas. Since 1989, CHAT has worked to advance its goals and public policy objectives in cooperation with other trade associations, advocacy groups, state agencies and the Texas Legislature. www.childhealthtx.org