Wishes and Worries
Coping with a Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol
By Lars Rudebjer; (Illustrator)
(Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9781770492387, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
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Children of parents who drink too much alcohol are affected in many ways. They may experience anger, fear, confusion, and guilt. This reassuring book, written by professionals, offers information in the form of a story about one family’s struggle. When Dad’s drinking ruins a birthday party, everyone wishes that he would just stop. If only wishing could fix the problem!
Wishes and Worries is an excellent way to open a discussion between adult and child. It provides straightforward answers to common questions. Why does my parent drink? Will I drink too much, too? What can I do to help? Is it my fault? The book also includes important information for parents, teachers, and professionals. Wishes and Worries is an excellent resource for children affected by adult problems.
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Lars Rudebjer has worked as an illustrator since 1989. He has illustrated over thirty-five children’s books, and he has been published in ten countries. He has illustrated postcards, comic strips, and board games, CD games for children, and a collection of pictures for IKEA. Lars lives in Fredrikstad, Norway, with his wife and three children.