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FL Has a Baby Lesson for TN?

May 31, 2007

Nashville, TN - Child abuse is a well-documented cycle: children who are abused grow up to be adults likely to abuse their own children. However, Tennessee parenting experts say it's a cycle that can be broken, and a judge in Florida may be leading the way by sentencing abusive parents to parenting education classes.

Pam Stone with Attachment Parenting International in Nashville explains the program educates child abusers about topics like how a child's brain develops and how parental interaction influences that development. She says it stresses the fact that babies and young children need a strong bond with at least one attentive adult, and it's a model for Tennessee, and other states, to follow.

"Rather than punishing the parents and taking the child away from the parents, which further traumatizes the child, it is instead intervening and helping to educate the parents."

Stone feels removing a child from immediate danger is the first priority but, in less severe cases, there should be other options. She says there is also talk of a Congressional proposal based on the success of Judge Cindy Lederman's Florida program, because parents often don't realize the extent of their influence on a child's future.

"Each time a child and a parent interact, there are pathways being formed in the child's brain - teaches the child's brain how to interact with the world."

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - TN