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Parents

The Dangers of an Alcoholic Mother

When you hear the words “alcoholic mother,” you already have a mental image that’s disconcerting and confusing. It’s actually a dichotomy. Mothers should be nurturing, caring individuals, not falling-down drunks. How can the two possibly go together? The sad reality is that alcoholism knows no gender boundaries, nor does it pay heed to age, race, …

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Parents’ Habits Influence Drinking Behavior of Children

Parents debate whether their drinking habits affect the choices of their children: should they drink responsibly in front of them or forego alcohol altogether in their presence? If the parents occasionally drink to excess, will it affect their children adversely? New evidence shows that parents’ drinking habits do influence the drinking behavior of their children, …

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Alcoholism and Parent Alienation: The Effects of Addiction on Parenting

He was angry – angry enough to share his story with a stranger, and angry enough to talk about the effects of alcohol on his life in a half-hour monologue. His ex-wife was alcoholic, and according to him, probably did drugs also. He kicked her out of the house, then divorced her, and became an …

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Learning to Trust Your Adult Child in Recovery

By Heather Rolland, LCSW Can you imagine applying to become a parent as if it were a competitive job? Imagine the job description: physical care, emotional care, financial support … and then all the potential contingencies. Navigating the first 18 or so years is hard enough, but for some parents, the next few steps—the letting …

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Parental Liability When a Child Gets in an Accident Driving Your Car

Obtaining a driver’s license is a major rite of passage for America’s youth. In most states, and with consent of a parent, teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are permitted to apply for a driver’s license. States typically require the teen driver to first undergo a training period with a “learner’s permit”; however …

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