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What to do to protect a child

Special to the Courier

Children are the future of our communities, and their growth and development affect us all. It's up to us as a community to make a difference in our children's lives. It's up to all of us to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. We can do this as individuals and together as a community.
Sometimes it's as simple as conversing every day.
Seeing an out-of-control adult mistreat a child is very disturbing. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help.
• Talk to the adult to take their attention off the child. Say things like, "My child upsets me, too, sometimes," or "Your child has beautiful eyes," or "Children can wear you out can't they? Is there anything I can do to help?"
• Distract the child, if misbehaving, by talking to the child.
• Help a child who is in danger. For example, if the child is left unattended in a grocery cart, stay with the child until the parent returns.
• Avoid saying anything critical or giving negative looks because that is likely to increase the parent's anger and could make matters worse.
Get involved
Become a leader in the community by promoting child abuse prevention.
Bandera County Commissioners Court will be deciding this month whether or not to form a youth services board. The board would establish the needs of abused, neglected, foster and adopted children and promote the protection, the care, the health and well being of the children of Bandera County. If you are interested in participating in this good cause, contact your commissioner.