Neglect can also result in developmental problems for children. As a result of physical and/or emotional neglect in infancy, a child can reach developmental milestones more slowly by virtue of a caregiver's failure to provide adequate opportunity and/or stimulation for the infant and then the toddler to develop. Once a child reaches preschool age and enters school, effects of neglect upon academic achievement can be seen. The academic performance of neglected children is worse than that of non-neglected children (Horner)
). Neglected children have more problems with consistent school attendance, repeating grades, and poorer grades than do non-neglected peers. Children removed from their homes for neglect experienced more days in out-of-home care and were less likely to reunify than were children removed for abuse (
Pay attention - Equip your child with the tools - You can't be in all places at all times - Look out for teachable moments/adversity aka opportunities to work on being better.
Children have feelings - Grandmother baby of 5 children - Mom died at 4 months - No nurture/affection-received tough love - We know what does happen, but what doesn't happen? Can't call for advice - figure it out - How to be a woman?
Parents should be the child's first responder.
Horner, G. (2014). Child Neglect: Assessment and Intervention. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 28(2), 186-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.10.002