Will Discussing Suicidal Thoughts Harm My Child?

Suicidal ideations are a serious sign that something is going wrong. When children and teens talk about suicide, we might not know how to respond or what steps to take as parents. We might worry that talking about suicidal thoughts will “encourage” or “reinforce” these thoughts. This is a common misconception about ideations. We will […]

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Why Is My Kid Manipulating Me?

When our kids manipulate us, we can feel frustrated or angry that our kids seem to be resorting to such means. They might use yelling, tantrums, lying, name-calling, or making us feel bad to get what they want. In more extreme cases, kids might call child protective services on us, make threats, run away, or […]

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How to Remain Calm to Make the Best Decisions

When making decisions, we need to remember that our mindset plays a crucial role in decision-making. Decision-making is one of our “higher-order” thought processes taking place within the frontal lobes of our brains. During times of conflict, we might react with the emotional parts of our brains rather than the more rational frontal lobe. When […]

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The Positive Benefits of Families Supporting Families

Families can help one another as their loved ones face challenges due to addiction or other problematic behaviors. When we look at recovery, we have to remember that fixing the person with the issue does not heal the entire family system. Parents might struggle with their emotions surrounding the problems occurring at home. Siblings can […]

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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 […]