Spencer talks with Megan about how she talks to her children about recovery. We are joined by shares from several listeners. Our conversation was wide-ranging, touching on topics from the list below.
- What questions have your children asked you about
- Therapy? (“talk doctor”)
- Their father?
- What have you said to them…?
- Mommy and Daddy’s first priority is to make sure that you are safe…
- It's never your fault when adults drink and act badly.
- How do you model recovery / healthy behavior for your children?
- Do they reflect it back?
- How do you communicate differently to different age children?
- What do you still struggle with in communicating to your children about alcoholism and recovery?
- What have you NOT told your children? Why?
- Do your children attend meetings?
- Would you bring your children to a meeting if it was the only way you could go?
- When did you need to put your recovery needs ahead of your children?
- Do you feel that you owe amends to your children?
- What for?
- (How) have you made amends?
Megan quoted from the Al-Anon Family Groups pamphlet, How Can I Help My Children?
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Music from the show
Avett Brothers: When I Drink
Martina McBride: In my Daughter's Eyes
Crosby, Stills and Nash: Teach your Children