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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Helping Children Deal with Alcoholic Parents

This is a tough one. For older people there is Al-Anon, but what is there for the little ones? As counselors and educators, we have to be there for our kids. Often times we are the only support or "parent" they have. This book is heartbreaking but such a good teacher. The characters are little bears and their dad drinks too much. This book addresses what alcoholism is in kid friendly terms. It talks about how families are affected by it. It includes signs of alcoholism and talks about mood swings, blackouts, embarrassing behavior, different roles that family members play, statistics and shares how little kids can get help. To answer my earlier question, there is Alateen and Al-A-Tot for kids under 12.

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