Child Abuse Prevention Month: Nurture children with empathy

Each April, as we see the new life and growth of spring, we observe a month dedicated to children: Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Bavolek finds empathy to be “the single most desirable quality in nurturing parenting” because empathy and abuse are “essentially incompatible.”


Parents who lack empathy might believe that they do not want to “spoil” their children and place great emphasis on the child being “good” and “obedient” by using rigid, harsh and authoritarian tactics. However, children whose parents teach and model empathy experience and internalize the intrinsic values inherent with good and loving actions.


by Nancy Baacke