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, many happen during times of excess
stress, such as when:
- Parents and children are hungry and tired.
- Another baby is
- Relationship problems develop.
- Major changes in the
routine or environment occur, such as when a child's caregiver changes, when the family is
moving, or when a parent leaves because of military duty.
signs of stress and what situations cause it. Be extra vigilant during these
times. Take care of yourself and your
information, see the topic
Stress Management and/or use the Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level?
All parents have times when they feel
exhausted, frustrated, angry, sad, or overwhelmed. 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. And some parents injure their children when
their emotions cause them to shake, hit, or push them.
Call 911 right away if you feel that you are about to injure yourself or
Places to go for help include:
For more information on physical harm to children, see
For more information on
handling difficult emotions, see the topic: