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Tips for Parenting While in Recovery

Parenting can be a never-ending struggle and a thankless job. In recovery, it can be even more strenuous. Children of parents dealing with addiction are more at risk for emotional problems and addiction. Like you needed any more pressure, right? Don’t stress, here are some tips to help you handle parenting in recovery.

Own your Addiction, and your Recovery

We are the adults, we are the ones that must take responsibility for our actions. In fact, a huge part of your recovery surrounds the ability to be responsible for your choices and your behavior. Don’t make excuses and don’t blame others for the addiction in your life. It is your addiction. It is not your kids’ addiction, or your spouse’s addiction, it is yours. Own it. When you own your addiction, you take back the power and the control that can get lost when struggling with addiction. You are in control, and that is why you are in recovery. You can own your addiction and you can own your recovery. That is something to be proud of! Your kids will admire that you are not ashamed to take responsibility for your own actions and to hold yourself accountable.

Take Care of Yourself

It is so important to prioritize your own needs when in recovery. You are only good to others if you are strong, healthy, and happy. You are in control, and you can make that happen. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for you kids. They are counting on you to be there, and you can only be there for them if you are there for yourself first.

Apologize when Needed

We all make mistakes. We have all made a ton so far, and we are all going to make many more in our time here on Earth. Get good at apologizing it, and mean it. When you screw up, look your kids in the eye and say you’re sorry from the bottom of your heart. Then, change your habits, your attitude, and your behavior, and show them that you won’t let it happen again.

Allow your Kids to have Feelings

This is perhaps one of the most difficult thing for a parent to do for their kids, especially in recovery. Your kids are people too, albeit young people. They are going to have their own feelings about your addiction. Those feelings may hurt you, and they may be completely unfair. Yet, you need to honor your kids’ feelings. Whether or not you agree with them, they are allowed to have feelings, too. Express to your kids that they can feel how they feel, and help them to work through those feelings. When dealing with addiction, kids often need an opportunity to speak with a counselor or therapist to learn how to handle their own feelings. Give this to them, and they will love you for it.

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