This heart-wrenching story is exactly why we, as a society, need to offer parenting classes and mental health services including stress management, coping skills, and anger management to young families and young parents.
Yes, I know that offering parenting classes costs money. Yes, I know that offering anger management classes cost money. But, so does 911 services, and police services, and emergency room visits, and public defender services (and this list could go on quite extensively).
Most of us learn how to express our anger by watching how our parent(s) expressed anger, or how our favorite screen characters handled anger. Many of us are never directly taught how to process our frustrations in a healthy way. This sometimes leads to dire consequences…as in this very sad and unfortunate case.
To make matters worse, unless this infant recieves direct intervention, he will also have difficulty expressing his anger and frustration.
I know that people do not like being told what to do. I know many people feel they have all the skills they need in order to be a functioning member of society. But I do not know why we, as a society, have to study and pass a driving exam in order to obtain a driver’s license, but we do not have to take a parenting class in order to be in control of an infant, which is something much more important.
Please, can we just learn that spending money on things like parenting classes and anger management classes will cost us far less in the long run? Please?