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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

I have never understood the psychology behind a parent abusing their own children. I don’t understand abusing any child by anyone.

What can a child do so wrong that an adult strikes a child so hard they leave bruises; break bones, harm internal organs, or cause death?

April is devoted to raising awareness about the incidence of child abuse.

According to Childhelp.org:

Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four of these children are under the age of 4.

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing a horrible cycle of abuse.

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 is $104 billion.

What Are the Signs of Child Abuse?

Again from Childhelp.org:

Physical Signs of Child Abuse

 
1. Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object
2. Bite marks
3. Anti-social behavior
4. Problems in school
5. Fear of adults 

Emotional Signs of Child Abuse

 
1. Apathy
2. Depression
3. Hostility or stress
4. Lack of concentration
5. Eating disorders

Should I Report Suspected Child Abuse?

I think so. Children do not know what to do and have few resources at their disposal. In addition to the abuse these chidren feel all alone in the world with no one to turn to. It must be terribly frighetening to a child to be abused and to feel so all alone at the same time. And reporting it is a way to potentially get help and resources to parents who need help but don’t know where to turn.

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From Healthy Place:

Many people are unsure how to handle suspected abuse because they:

Are not sure what acts are considered maltreatment.

Fear they will cause the child more harm.

Worry that they will falsely accuse a parent or caregiver.

Fear that they will become a victim themselves of violence or harassment from the abuser.

Are concerned they will be sued.

Keep in mind that by reporting suspected abuse or neglect, you may prevent a child from suffering serious injury, severe lifelong emotional problems, or even death.

You also can make reports anonymously. In most states, you do not have to give your name when you report child abuse. The child abuser cannot find out who made the report of child abuse. If you give your name, it is kept confidential.

A person who makes a report in good faith is immune from lawsuits.

“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.”  Herbert Ward

On all of us.

Featured Recipe           Mediterranean Chicken

This is another great busy week night recipe. I normally prefer chicken on the bone because it us tastier. And you could make this recipe with bone in chicken. But it will take longer to cook; 15-20 minutes longer.

Even more than the taste issue though, I seldom use skinless, boneless chicken because it costs one-and-a-half to two times more than bone in chicken. I chafe at spending that much more money.

However the chicken I use in this recipe was on sale. And it was not older chicken the store was trying to sell fast. It was just a great sale. So this gave me a great opportunity to share this wonderful recipe with you.

Since this is the second day in a row I am using red and yellow peppers, those of you who guessed I must have got a good sale deal on those too are absolutely correct. I try to take advantage of great sales when planning what to fix for dinner.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1 medium onion

1 small clove garlic

2 red or yellow bell peppers

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons black olives

2 tablespoons capers

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat…………

…………..and sauté the chicken until golden on all sides.

While the chicken is sautéing slice the onion, garlic, and peppers.

When the chicken is golden on both sides……………

………………..add the onion slices, garlic and pepper slices to the skillet. If you are so inclined add some additional salt and pepper as well.

Doesn’t this just look absolutely wonderful? It is so colorful and fresh looking.

Cook for 3-5 minutes until vegetables are tender. Then add the tomatoes mix well, and cook for 15-20 minutes……………

……….. until chicken is cooked through but still tender.

Then stir in the olives and the capers.

Serve with a salad.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Cost

1 medium onion                       $0.30                         

1 small clove garlic                   $0.05

2 red peppers                          $0.75

3 chicken breasts                     $4.11

1-2 tablespoon olive oil             $0.36

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes       $0.69

2 tablespoons black olives         $0.38

2 tablespoons capers                $0.76

Total cost = $7.40

Cost per person + $2.47

Quote of the Day

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.

Haim Ginott

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