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Tusla Child and Family Agency, Barnardos. (2015) Parenting positively - coping with a parent’s problem drug or alcohol use - for parents of children between 6 and 12. Dublin: Tusla.

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This booklet is for parents of children between the ages of 6 and 12 who are living with parental drug or alcohol problems. It is for use by parents experiencing problems with their own drug or alcohol use, or for those who are living with their partner’s harmful drug or alcohol use. This booklet is also for any other adult who is concerned about a child such as a grandparent, family member, guardian, foster parent or friend. Parenting can be stressful at the best of times and is not made any easier when there are alcohol or drug problems in the home. Not only is this a very serious issue for the individual person involved, when that person is also a parent, the impact on the children and family as a whole is significant. Harmful alcohol and drug use in the home can cause serious risk to any child living there.

It is hoped that through this booklet you will become more aware of how drug and alcohol problems affect parenting and what issues your child may be facing. There is information on how to talk to your child and how to recognise how they are being affected by what is happening at home. In this way you can help keep your child safe, ensure their needs are met and find out where to go for help if either you or they need it.


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