Having children home from school; traveling; increased alcohol intake; and the added expenses of holiday shopping can create stress for parents and caregivers.
Sadly, such pressures may lead to child abuse.
Abuse not only negatively affects the life of the child, but also the family and the entire society. Many communities have resources available to help parents with child care, paying for utilities, substance abuse, or dealing with difficult situations like the loss of a job during the holidays. Getting help coping with stress can prevent it from escalating to child abuse. "Holiday stress increases risk of abuse or neglect for some children; CHFS offers advice to keep kids safe," www.nkytribune.com (Dec. 27, 2016).