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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

We who really try to use the Al-Anon program have various reasons to be grateful as we see the results. This was one member’s experience, which she told her friends at a meeting.

Her greatest difficulty concerned her children. “I never knew what to do about them when my husband came home drunk and disorderly. I felt they should be shielded from violence, yet over- protection wouldn’t be good for them. I didn’t want to influence them against their father; I knew he loved them, and they him.

“I found all the answers in Al-Anon. I made sensible explanations about their father’s illness and found them naturally compassionate. I avoided scenes by not allowing my frustrations to erupt into anger. I tried hard to be consistent and fair to them. The results have been everything I hoped for, and I am so grateful to Al-Anon for this.”

Today’s Reminder:

Our children are a first thing to consider first. Our attitude is the key to a successful family relationship — and their normal growing up.

“And above all, I never use the children as pawns in any conflicts. They respond so well to respect.”

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973