Partners

How Can I Support My Relationship With My Parenting Partner?

“Take care of yourselves first, your adult relationships second, your children third because, in that way, you do your best work with your children.” -Aaron Huey, co-founder of Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center When we have a child with problematic issues, like addiction, promiscuity, running away, or other concerns, we might unintentionally put our parenting […]

Mom

How to Use “If-Then” Rewards and Consequences

Behavioral techniques are useful in creating consequences for your child. When teenagers act out with problematic behaviors, like cutting, drug use, drinking, promiscuity, or other issues, the need to gain control over the situation or retain authority might trump using natural consequences to teach vital life lessons. Parents might struggle with the notion that they […]

Dad

Parents Who Share: Resourcing for the Best Solutions

Do you expect yourself to have all the answers when your kid is struggling? Do you feel pressured to know exactly what to do “in the moment” when a crisis occurs? Do you fear losing your parental authority by admitting, “I’m not sure what to do right now?” Many parents struggle with these thoughts when […]

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How to Raise the Adults Your Kids Will Become

Changing our mindset when raising our kids can help us understand the parenting skills taught by recovery centers, like Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center of Estes Park, Colorado. During parenting weekends and workshops, Fire Mountain’s co-founder, Aaron Huey, and other staff explore the issues that parents are dealing with today while raising their kids. One […]

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How Can I Avoid Getting Into Power Struggles With My Child?

Power struggles are a natural part of parenting and child development. Kids want to control their environment and might engage us in power struggles to get their needs met. Often, as parents, we might react with emotion or by asserting an authoritative stance. However, reacting by saying “do as I say or else!” or lecturing […]