Crisis Nurseries Exist for Overwhelmed Parents and Here’s What You Need to Know…As I mentioned, I can never understand how parents get to the point of harming their own child. As a mom, nothing is more important to me than my kids and I can’t ever imagine harming them. But that is the point, we cannot understand what is going through another person’s mind. Truthfully, we shouldn’t try. Instead, we should try to bring awareness to let other parents know that it is OKAY to be overwhelmed. It is okay to be stressed. It is okay to feel like you just need some quiet, alone time. It is okay to feel like you need your kiddos to go play at a friend or family member’s home so you can just take a deep breath and take a break. It is okay to have a break away from your kids. It’s healthy and sometimes it’s just necessary. And while you may feel like you are a bad parent or you may feel guilty for even thinking any of that, know that you are NOT alone. Heck, sometimes I just wish I could shower alone. Doesn’t mean I don’t love my kids. It just means I’d like to enjoy a scolding hot shower while singing some Britney Spears songs and not having to worry about being interrupted about Minecraft or Fortnite for hundredth time every once in a while. The amount of pressure we put on ourselves to be the “perfect parent” is insane. NOBODY and I mean NOBODY is perfect. We all have versions of what we think makes us good parents but admitting our faults and dealing with them makes us an even better one. And should you ever find yourself alone and in a situation where you are feeling so overwhelmed that you can’t take another minute, remember that you have options. Options that never involve harming your children. One being a facility referred to as a “Crisis Nursery”.
What is a Crisis Nursery?Crisis Nurseries exist to offer a safe place for overwhelmed parents to safely drop off a child. A parent can visit any of these locations, drop off their child for a period of time, and return to get their child when they are no longer feeling overwhelmed. Crisis Nurseries are often a free resource for parents and can even offer additional services to help parents at times of need. Crisis nurseries in the United States evolved from a grassroots movement to develop immediate interventions for stressed caregivers of young children to prevent abuse and neglect and the need for out-of home placements (De Lapp, Denniston, Kelly, & Vivian, 1998). Because crisis nurseries were established based on the family support needs of local communities, each crisis nursery offers a range of emergency and follow-up services that meet the unique needs of the caregivers and young children they serve.
The Heartbreaking Truth About Child Abuse
Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made.