A dear friend of mine lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. and recently told me about the "One Kind Word" program out of the Family Resources for Western Pennsylvania. The mission of Family Resources is to prevent and treat child abuse by strengthening families. The Family Resources has this innovative program that has measurable impact in preventing abuse. An entire family are victims when abuse occurs. The "One kind Word" program is effective to provide parents and other caregivers support they need to raise healthy, happy children.
So how does this work? Before one approaches a situation one should remember the next three steps:
1. STOP...and Recognize that this could be a situation in which you may be able to help. Is the parent Overwhelmed? Preoccupied? Or Angry? If the the situation you are observing makes you stop and take notice, then chances are that you could do something to help.
2. Take a Moment... and Get Ready to step in. Do whatever you need to remain calm, take a deep breath, smile or think about what you might want to say or do.
3. Try "ONE KIND WORD"... by connecting with, distracting or assisting the parent or child. You can make a difference just by saying OneKindWord, or by showing a kind gesture. Your actions may be all it takes to help a parent get through a difficult experience with their child and stop a situation from getting worse.
Three simple steps are to CONNECT, DISTRACT, ASSIST!
Also, if you feel concerned for your safety they suggest to STEP AWAY from the situation and seek help.
You can make a difference by using ONE KIND WORD!
If you want more information go to www.onekindword.org