- Why does my parent drink so much?\
- Will my parent get better?
- Is it my fault?
- Will I drink to much alcohol?
These are among the many questions asked by children when someone in their family drinks too much alcohol.
Children have a lot of concerns and fears when someone in their family drinks too much alcohol. Wishes and Worries explores kids’ common questions through the character of Maggie, who wishes her birthday party will go better than it did last year. What a mess that was! Her father had been drinking and totally embarrassed her in front of her friends. Over the year, Maggie begins to get answers to some of her questions as she talks to her teacher, her school counselor and her parents about her father’s problem with alcohol and how it affects everyone in the family. She learns that she is not responsible for her father’s drinking, that it’s OK to reach out for help, and that there are people in her life that she can trust and talk to about her feelings.
The second in the Coping series of children’s books published by Tundra Books and CAMH, Wishes and Worries: Coping with a Parent who Drinks too much Alcohol is written for children aged five to nine years old. It is intended for use by parents, extended family, teachers and addiction and mental health professionals who want to address the impact of problem drinking in children’s lives.
Wishes and Worries: Coping with a Parent who Drinks Too Much Alcohol spurs dialogue, offers reassurance and allays fears for those who cope with this adult-sized problem.