Early intervention is the best way to protect children from harm. Therefore, you, as an early childhood professional, are in a unique position to make a significant contribution in the lives of children dealing with parental addiction. You are often the first to see the signs of child distress as these young ones enter your classroom at the beginning of the day. You often observe the distress of their parents as they pick them up at the end of the day.
Start with the Heart
The interest and concern of a caring adult can mean a great deal to a child who struggles with addiction in the family.
Reaching out to Parents
Be caring and nonjudgmental to a parent who is the spouse of an addicted person or who suffers his or her own addiction.
Encouraging Resilience in Children
Resilience and self-esteem are instilled in children in many ways such as giving them chores, letting them participate in scouts, and teaching them social competence, such as good manners.
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