Health and Safety,Ages 2 to 5 Years - Parent Self-Care
Connection between your well-being and child safety
Taking care of yourself is a vital part of keeping your child safe.
Although accidents can occur at any time, most happen during times of excess
stress, such as when:3
- Parents and children are hungry and tired,
especially right after work and before dinner.
- Another baby is
- There is an illness or death in the
- Relationship problems develop.
- Major changes in the
routine or environment occur, such as when a child's caregiver changes, or when
moving to a new house, or even going on vacation.
signs of stress and what situations cause it. Be extra vigilant during these
times and take care of yourself and your
information, see the topic
Stress Management or the Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level?
All parents have times when they feel
exhausted, frustrated, angry, sad, or overwhelmed. Recognize that this is a
normal part of being human and a parent. But if these feelings become too much
for you to handle alone, keep your child safe by
getting help. For example, when your emotions are too
much for you to handle alone, you may not have the energy or desire to watch
your child as closely as you should. Some parents injure their children when
their emotions cause them to shake, hit, or push them. This can result in such
shaken baby syndrome, which can cause permanent brain
damage or even death.
Call 911 right away if you feel you are about to injure yourself or
Places to go for help include:
For more information on physical harm to children, see
Shaken Baby Syndrome and
Child Abuse and Neglect. For more information on
handling difficult emotions, see the topics
Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior.