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A Parent’s Story

Articles by Parents Like You
No Longer Letting the Chaos be in Control

No Longer Letting the Chaos be in Control

a​ I’m a PAL mom.  I am married and have two children – a son and a daughter. My son was always on the go 24/7. He was never a sit-around-the-house child.  He loved sports - at some point, he played just about every sport.  From an early age, he was smart. He excelled...

Intentional about taking care of myself

Intentional about taking care of myself

​ My oldest child was a great kid and a model teenager. He was smart, kind, responsible, polite and hard-working. I regularly received compliments about what a fine young man he was. I was so proud of him and considered him a product of good Christian parenting and...

It’s in God’s hands

It’s in God’s hands

​ I have two children, one with my first husband and one with my current husband. My son from my first marriage has never recovered from his father leaving us.  He has always been exceptionally bright, and he was a joy growing up. When he was 11 years-old, issues with...

The View from Recovery

Articles by People in Recovery
This is only temporary…

This is only temporary…

​​​​ I’ve been exhausted lately. Over the years I had forgotten how tough it can be to get acclimated to a newborn’s sleep schedule – those early morning hours where you just drift off in peaceful slumber only to be jolted awake moments later by a seemingly endlessly...

The story can have a happy ending

The story can have a happy ending

​​​​ I’m currently writing this post from the second floor of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona – the postpartum maternity ward to be exact. We welcomed our son Kaehler into the world. Needless to say, we’re overjoyed to finally have him here with...

Beauty is always there…if we take time to notice

Beauty is always there…if we take time to notice

​​​​ The other day while reading Station 11, a fictional apocalyptic story, I was struck by the prose and narrative in a way that granted me a moment of perspective. Despite society and civilization literally falling apart in this story, the human spirit persisted (we...

From Counselors

Articles by PAL and Partner Counselors
Am I being Manipulated?

Am I being Manipulated?

​             Herein lies an irony: the person who is trying to manipulate you views you as having greater strength or power than he or she does. — George H. Green and Carolyn Cotter, Stop Being Manipulated George Green and Carolyn Cotter...

Turning the spotlight on ourselves

Turning the spotlight on ourselves

​           I read in a book by Earnie Larsen* that there is scant difference between an abstaining chemically dependent person and a co-dependent person. Both have living problems, intimacy problems and issues with self-esteem. All these...

Am I a good role model for my adult children?

Am I a good role model for my adult children?

​​ At a recent PAL meeting a distressed mother said, “I’ve cut financial strings, my son no longer lives with me and I’m limiting how many phone calls I take because he only calls when he wants money or is in a crisis, so I guess there is nothing else I can do?” This...

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