Sis Wenger, CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics wanted to specifically focus on moms for Counselor Magazine. She asked me some questions on how growing up with one or two alcoholic parents might impact mothering.
Whatever your motivation, whether it's feeling better right now, getting along more easily with others or achieving your goals with less wear and tear, gratitude appears to be worth considering as a strategy. Why not grab a pen and make a list; there's no time like the present!
Nothing is black and white, and no one -- not even the most fortunate among us -- makes it through life unscathed. So what questions do we need to ask ourselves in order to find that invisible line between too little and too much focus on a painful past?
Adult children of alcoholics (ACoAs) can and often do suffer from some features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are the direct result of living with the traumatizing effects of addiction.
Humor has a way of sliding through the cracks, of reminding us that whatever is going on just isn't that important. It keeps things in perspective, provides relief, gets us to see things in new lights and yes, has tons of health benefits.
Real contentment has much more to do with what's going on inside ourselves rather than outside. If this is a period when we have to live more simply, it may also be a period in which we can rediscover the joys in simple pleasures.