A quick reminder. Know you saw this yesterday, but the more you see something, the more it means. At least that is my hope.



At least two of my former foster children are dead from drinking and drugging. Wish I had known all they taught me when I started out as a foster parents.  I would have posted these rules on my refrigerator.

Parenting is hard work and contending with a child who is drinking and drugging demands more than good parenting.   Worried about a child of yours? You must observe the above rules.  Also attend some AA and Alanon Meetings. Those two links will take you to on-line meetings.  Doing that educate you and give you much to think about.  If you child does have a problem add some face-to-face meetings.  Do not let stigma keep you from a the support you can find at such meetings.

Don’t like the AA approach. Then look for a drug counselor who uses a Motivational Interviewing approach.  You will probably have to pay for their help, but most have sliding scale fees.  Personally, I found both approaches helpful when dealing with kids who were drinking and drugging.  Remember, the life you save might be your child’s.


Hopefully, the seven rules will help you and your child stay safe and sober.  Not many people know them.  They are not mine, but have been well researched.

When I talked about them in the graduate courses I taught, only a few students had heard of them and most were violating them. Dangerous.  If I have my way they would be posted where ever alcohol is sold.  Moreover, now that marijuana is becoming legal in some states, the rules for need to adopted for drugging and posted where marijuana  is sold.

All this to say, please think of forwarding this post and sharing it with as many as possible. Some will take heed, not all but some and the more who practice safe drinking and drugging the more others will follow.

As always thank you for following me and for your support.


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DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA. If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. Dysgraphia is a not well known learning disability and means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are.  If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere.  If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.


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