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The Nurturing Parent

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  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started & Assessment
    Description and Orientation
  3. Change, Growth and Letting Go
  4. My Life Script
  5. Nurturing Parenting
    Nurturing as a Lifestyle
  6. Nurturing Skills Rating Scale
  7. Cultural Parenting Traditions
    My Cultural Portrait
  8. Developing Spirituality in Parenting
    Ways to Increase Spirituality
  9. Making Good Choices
    Smoking and My Child's Health
  10. Families & Alcohol Use
  11. Families and Alcohol Use Questionnaire
  12. 12 Steps to Keeping Children Drug Free
  13. Self-Awareness Quiz
  14. Love, Sex, STDs and AIDS
  15. Dating, Love and Rejection
  16. Touch, Personal Space, and Date Rape
  17. Possessive and Violent Relationships
  18. Growth and Development of Children
    Children's Brain Development
  19. The Male and Female Brain
  20. Ages & Stages: Appropriate Expectations
  21. Ages & Stages: Infant Development
  22. Ages & Stages: Toddler Development
  23. Ages & Stages: Preschooler Development
  24. Ages & Stages: Skills Strips
  25. Feeding Young Children Nutritious Foods
  26. Toilet Training
  27. Keeping My Children Safe
  28. The Importance of Touch
    The Importance of Parent/Child Touch
  29. Infant & Child Massage (Refer to the Nurturing Book for Babies and Children)
  30. Developing Empathy
    Developing Empathy
  31. Getting My Needs Met
  32. Myths and Facts About Spoiling Your Children
  33. Recognizing and Understanding Feelings
    Helping Children Learn How to Handle Their Feelings
  34. "Feelings" Exercise
  35. Criticism, Confrontation and Rules for "Fair Fighting"
  36. Problem Solving, Decision Making, Negotiation and Compromise
  37. Managing and Communicating Feelings
    Understanding and Handling Stress
  38. Understanding and Expressing Anger
  39. Understanding Discipline
    Improving Self-Worth
  40. Measuring My Self-Worth
  41. Children's Self-Worth
  42. Ten Ways to Improve Children's Self-Worth
  43. Developing Personal Power in Children and Adults
  44. Helping Children Manage Their Behavior
  45. Understanding Discipline
  46. Developing Family Morals and Values
  47. Developing Family Rules
  48. Child Proofing Your Home
  49. Home Safety Checklist
  50. Safety Reminders by Age
  51. Rewards and Punishments
    Using Rewards to Guide and Teach Children
  52. Using Punishments to Guide and Teach Children
  53. Praising Children and Their Behavior
  54. Time Out
  55. Punishing Children's Inappropriate Behavior
    Why Parents Spank Their Children
  56. Verbal and Physical Redirection
  57. Ignoring Inappropriate Behavior
  58. Developing Nurturing Parenting Routines
    Establishing Nurturing Parenting Routines
  59. Nurturing Diapering and Dressing Routine
  60. Nurturing Feeding Time Routine
  61. Nurturing Bath Time Routine
  62. Nurturing Bed Time Routine
  63. Prenatal Parenting
    Changes in Me and You
  64. Body Image
  65. Keeping Our Bodies and Babies Healthy
  66. Health and Nutrition
  67. Fetal Development
  68. Foster and Adoptive Parents
    Foster & Adoptive Children: Attachment, Separation, and Loss
  69. Expectations on foster and Adopted Children
  70. Worksheet for Adoptive Parents
  71. Worksheet for Foster Parents
    Parenting Resources
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Families & Alcohol Use

Hope4Families October 25, 2022

TOPIC: Understanding Alcohol Use and Abuse

Alcohol and Other Drug use and abuse problems cost society in pain, suffering and in dollars: automobile crashes, physical and sexual child abuse, child neglect, rape, assault, vandalism, spouse battering and a host of many other crimes all associated with the use and abuse of drugs – primarily alcohol.

It is generally recognized that people drink for two reasons: to feel pleasure and to escape pain. In reality, a drink or two helps many people feel better, at least for a little while. After the drink wears off, whatever was a problem more than likely is still a problem.

TOPIC: Alcohol and Anger

Suppress past pain and hurt is expressed as anger. Consequently, people who are angry are also people who have a lot of bottled up pain ready to come out. The pain is bottled up because of their inability or unwillingness to discuss their pain and hurt when it happened. So, the stage is set for violence to be expressed given the right conditions. For many, the right conditions entails alcohol since drinking will help them escape their pain and hurt and momentarily feel better. Serving as a disinhibitor, the alcohol now releases the past pain, which comes out as anger, coupled with the violence they’ve seen modeled or experienced. Clearly not all people who drink get violent. Some get sad, flirtatious, happy, withdrawn – the whole range of emotions. The key here is, drinking and the release of feelings are a sure thing. 

TOPIC: Alcohol Use and Pregnancy

Never, never, never, never drink when you’re pregnant, think you’re pregnant, or hoping to get pregnant. The combination of alcohol and pregnancy results in a condition known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Fetal alcohol kids have birth defects that can be totally prevented by staying away from drinking. The syndrome includes intellectual disabilities, abnormal brain functioning, delays in development, intellectual impairment, and abnormal head and face features. Don’t risk damaging your baby.

TOPIC: Why Do People Abuse Alcohol?

There are a number of common reasons why people abused alcohol:

  1. Parental history of problem drinking. Children of alcoholics are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism than are children in the general population. If both parents are alcoholic, the risk of becoming an alcoholic is probably over 50%.
  2. Heavy drinking or drug use. The more a person consumes, the more the body tolerates the alcohol and becomes dependent upon it. Heavy and continuous drinking is a predictable contributor to the increase in alcoholism.
  3. Genetic factors. Research now indicates that the risk to become alcoholic is also passed down from parents to child. Studies of alcoholic family members show that alcoholism runs in families.
  4. Psychological problems. Stress, pressure, problems, suppress pain all increase the likelihood that a person would use alcohol to help numb the pain. This is especially true for families with a history of problem drinkers. 
  5. Enabling. Enablers are people who make excuses for the problem Drinker, or try to cover up the problem or keep it a secret. In many ways, enablers are part of the alcoholics problem because they shield the alcoholic from all the problems caused by their drinking.

TOPIC: The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body

Alcohol is a depressant, and like many other depressant, it acts as a sedative and induces sleep. Drinking can slow down Reaction Time by about 10%, has a detrimental effect on memory, vision and judgment, and during periods of heavy drinking, can cause blackouts, which makes drinking and driving a foolish thing to do.

Drinking also encourages many people to become disinhibited. That is, people will do things under the influence of alcohol that they normally wouldn’t do when sober. Heavy drinkers are often malnourished because of low food intake and poor absorption of nutrients by the body. Too much alcohol may cause cirrhosis of the liver, inflammation of the pancreas, damage to the brain and heart, and increase risk of many cancers.

Try This…

Take the families and alcohol use questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to increase your awareness about your and members of your family’s alcohol use.