Listen

Improving Active Listening to Support and Encourage

When children struggle with problematic issues, like drinking, drug use, promiscuity, self-harm, anxiety, and depression, we can help support them through active listening. Active listening skills can also help us support other families as we walk through these challenges together. When people feel “heard” and validated, they often feel supported. Active listening is one of […]

Attachment

What You Need to Know About Attachment

We develop an attachment style early in our lives within our homes. Our parents and caregivers foster within us either a secure or an insecure attachment style. Sometimes, parents and caregivers are unknowingly passing on characteristics of the style of attachment they were taught. Our attachment style can have a considerable impact on the types […]

Skate

Incremental Rewards to Motivate Your Kid’s Success

Creating rewards and consequences for your child’s behavior can help to put them on the pathway to success in their recovery. During a coaching call with parents, Fire Mountain’s Aaron Huey discusses the importance of rewards and delaying rewards in dealing with problematic behaviors. At Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center, family involvement is paramount to […]

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 […]