for Addiction and Mental Health
WISHES AND WORRIES : A STORY
TO HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND A PARENT WHO DRINKS TOO MUCH ALCOHOL
Toronto : The Center, 2005
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have lots of questions when someone in their family drinks too much alcohol.
Sometimes they just don’t have the answers and alcohol problems often become
the family secret that nobody talks about. To help children understand
their parents’ problems with alcohol, the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health, (CAMH), has recently published the first storybook of its kind
developed in Canada, called “Wishes and Worries”.
“Wishes and Worries “ is written for children aged 5 to 10 years old, for
use by parents, extended family, teachers and professionals who want to
address the impact of a parent's problem with alcohol in children's lives.
The book answers children's questions such as: “Does dad drink so much
because of me?,” “Is dad’s drinking problem going to get worse?,” and “
Is my family different?”
Wonderfully illustrated by Ben Hodson, this new storybook explores alcohol
problems through the story of Maggie, an 8-year-old girl who wishes and
worries that her father doesn't ruin her ninth birthday party the same
way he ruined her last birthday. Maggie discovers that her father drinks
too much alcohol, and through the help of family, friends, and professionals,
Maggie gains a better understanding of her father’s problem.
(Susan Rosenstein, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
Children of alchoholics.
Permission is granted for the
noncommercial duplication and use of this resource, provided it is substantially
unchanged from its present form and appropriate credit is given.