April is Child Abuse Prevention month. As we understand more about children, we recognize the most significant child development occurs during the very young ages—including a child within the uterus of a pregnant woman. When we think of child abuse occurring, we seldom think about the very beginning, the critical prebirth developmental phase.
I recently wrote about how important it is to allow teenagers to make amends and regain trust when they have violated a rule or broken trust. In our many years of working with thousands of teenagers at Lakeside, we have had to deal with numerous discipline issues within their lives.