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528 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by KikiPeepers

Can an alcoholic be a good parent?


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12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/23/09 - 7:43:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Very unlikely. I mean if s/he cannot even discipline themselves, how do they expect their children to be disciplined? Not the best role model..
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/23/09 - 7:46:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hey, I just saw this RIGHT in front of me written on a bookmark Ive kept for years. I have a stack of them...

"The cerebral cortex is the most sensitive portion of the brain having to do with its highest possible function. It is in this area of the brain that relative values are compared, thus enabling the individual to make decisions. IT IS THE FIRST PORTION OF THE BRAIN TO BE AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL."
-Drug Addiction Committee, World Health Organization.

It was actually written in CAPS.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/23/09 - 10:35:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
My dad was an alcoholic.
Even though he drank a lot, he still treated me decently and taught me my basic morals and sh-t. Not every drunk abuses their children, I actually think that he did a halfway decent job with me.
So yes, but it is uncommon.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 12:05:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Seeing as my Mother is one, and as I didn't turn out as a raving lunatic, I'd certainly say so.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 12:46:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, when they're off the sauce.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 1:20:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
im both i think, i mean my children had a nice life and i enjoy a good drink or two or three.....
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 4:59:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just becouse he doesn't abuse his children doesn't mean he's a good parent.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 8:33:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
When they've stopped drinking alcohol, yes. When my mother was drinking, she was an awful parent.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 9:29:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 5/24/09 - 8:33:25 AM animalover wrote:
When they've stopped drinking alcohol, yes. When my mother was drinking, she was an awful parent.


I see. True story right there.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 9:39:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, because even a recovering alcoholic is still considered an alcoholic. And if they are no longer drinking then there is absolutely no reason that they could not be a good parent.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 10:35:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I guess its possible... slightly
However, if you were a good parent as an alcoholic, just think how amazing you'd be if you stopped drinking!
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 11:10:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think the two things are intrinsically mutually exclusive. Alcoholism, (or any addiction) is typically identified as having reached a point at which it interferes with your life, be it work, health and/or personal relationships. But it needn't necessarily entail interfering with a child-parent relationship, and if it does, that it does so to a point at which they can no longer be considered a good parent.

In reality of course, I'm sure it often does though.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 11:11:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose we tend to say 'alcoholic' when someone is struggling with their addiction and having problems. I'm sure there are plenty of people with addiction that do very well and keep it under some control and others who just don't drink anymore. Depends partially on your definition of alcoholic. I don't see George Bush as a particularly bad parent.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 11:25:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well it obviously depends. If they can actually look after their child with no agressiveness etc. the it's fine. But on the whole i say no.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 11:54:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 5/24/09 - 11:11:14 AM glennh70 wrote:
I don't see George Bush as a particularly bad parent.


His twins are alcoholics now, getting in all kinds of trouble with the law for awhile. I wouldn't say they turned out all that great.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/24/09 - 6:44:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe if they're functional alcoholics, but I'm thinking the 'good alcoholic parent' is probably more the exception to the rule.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 6:41:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 5/24/09 - 8:33:25 AM animalover wrote:
When they've stopped drinking alcohol, yes. When my mother was drinking, she was an awful parent.

I'm with you there.
My mom was an alcoholic, and has been sober 21 years this year. She's a good mom NOW, but she wasn't then.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/27/09 - 8:11:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've known alcoholics who made and would make better parents than a lot of sober people I know.

Obviously they wouldn't make good parents, but they're not automatically the worst possibility.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/29/09 - 3:08:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Only if they share



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