Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Get a jump on curbing substance abuse

Parenting is the most difficult, the most challenging, and the most important job we will ever have. So many of our children's future successes and problems including drug abuse can come from early childhood.

Yet fortunately we do not have to go it alone. We can learn from the successful parents around us, if we are fortunate including our own parents, and also learn from those less successful as well.

We can also learn many important lessons about parenting from our own children. If we only listen and pay attention they tell us so much about what they want and need from us as parents.

The three gifts to give your kids.
While we can so often get caught up in the little details and daily grind of parenting, if we give these 3 gifts then the rest will hopefully take care of itself: our love, our care, and our time. Love is the easiest and yet the most overlooked of the gifts we must give our children. Show them through your actions and choices that you love them. Show them and tell them how much you care. Do this with little gestures and big ones and do it every day. And be sure to make time to listen and interact.

Of course there are no guarantees in life and a parent can do all they can and still have a child that abuses substances. But take heart, even if it does turn out that way after you’ve done all you can, there is still hope.

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