Working in 2 major Trauma centers, I have seen way too many beaten up kids! It seems to be worse at the first of the year and half way through summer break. I just think there are some parents who don't have good coping skills. When my son was little, I couldn't understand why someone could be pushed so far, however when my daughter was a baby, I began to get it. She would scream for hours on end with no break. I knew to put her in her crib, where she couldn't hurt herself and walk outside for 10 minutes. She would still be screaming when I got back, but I was calm again and could be rational. It just seems that the parents of these abused kids are either very young or from financially struggling households. I'm sure that stress can escalate the tendancy toward abuse. The way I have found to deal with the parents is to be polite and calm, but not overly friendly. I don't want to be their best friend, but I always worried that the kids could sense the tension, so I decided to put the kids first and be polite to their families. I am also lucky that my sister is a forensic interviewer working with the kids that survive. I can call her and vent when I get off work, and she can call me to vent. I just remember that I have 2 healthy children at home and that I would seriously maim anyone that hurts them in anyway.