Parenting children: If the parents are alcoholics, what about the children?

Alcoholism is an addiction that destroys all areas of life of the person who suffers from it. And not only that, it can also leave very serious emotional consequences on children. The guys who live in this kind of family environment show low self-esteem behavioral problems (they are violent, passive or withdrawn), they cannot relate well to others, they do poorly in school, they have a poor diet, they feel guilty for not being able to help their parents and, in the worst cases, depression”warns the psychologist Mayra Velásquez Puelles.

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In these cases, the specialist recommends the intervention of the family or friends closest to the alcoholic so that they can make them understand that they have a problem. This task will not be easy, but it is important to do it and, if possible, seek advice from psychologists or psychiatrists so that they can see the best way to help her get out of that addiction.

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“Alcoholism is not overcome only with phrases: ‘I can stop drinking whenever I want’ or ‘I’ll stop drinking tomorrow and that’s it’. Psychological and psychiatric support is necessary and fundamental, added to the commitment to be helped. A good option is the rehabilitation centers, some even take refuge in religion”indicated the expert.

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Children of alcoholic parents tend to be more predisposed to suffer from the same addiction. Although at the beginning they say that they will not follow that path, they unconsciously ‘get used’ to that world.

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Parenting children: How to protect your child from delinquency?

If your child was a victim of theft, talk to him because this incident can cause fear, mistrust, nightmares and tears. Ask him how he feels and if he doesn’t answer you at first, don’t push it.

Teach them by your example and tell them that their life is worth more than any material thing.  Photos: iStock.
Teach them by your example and tell them that their life is worth more than any material thing. Photos: iStock.

A few days ago, a 15-year-old schoolgirl died for resisting the theft of her cell phone. This raises the question: How can I protect my son from delinquency? For Marilyn Toledo Cárdenas, clinical psychologist and professor at the Graduate School of Norbert University, It’s important for mom and dad to take time to talk to their child about the dangers on the streets and how to reduce risk factors.

“Ideally, he should not bring his cell phone to school, but if necessary, tell him to only take it out in emergencies and never on the street. Also, avoid wearing headphones while walking because they don’t allow you to be alert. It is also important that, as far as possible, an adult accompany him and that you teach him by example (do not take out your cell phone in the street)”indicates the specialist.

ATTENTION!

If your child was a victim of theft, talk to him because this incident can cause fear, mistrust, nightmares and tears. Ask him how he feels and if he doesn’t answer you at first, don’t insist. Rather try to do recreational activities with him so that he is distracted and give him your full support. Then mention what happened and give him some safety tips. If you notice that he is not the same as before, take him to a psychologist.

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