Tuesday, February 19, 2013

i am a parent in denial... poem

Do you know a parent in denial?

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: You've probably met a parent in denial. A parent that states "not my kid". There are many who struggle with denial related to a variety of issues.  Author, Linda Durnell, states "We should strive to help, support and understand that which threatens any and all of our families."  This is something school nurses can do too...

I talk to a lot of parents everyday. Probably between 10-25 depending on the day.  There are times when I even get to talk to a parent in denial and I bet you have to.

Parents can be in denial over a variety of issues their child is dealing with.  A few examples include but are not limited to:
  1. grades
  2. attendance
  3. friend choices
  4. clothing choices
  5. overall choices
  6. child health complaints
The list could go on and on and I bet you're thinking of a few things right now.

It can be frustrating when someone so close to a potentially dangerous situation can't seem to see accept what is actually happening. 

     Does being emotionally close to a situation make reality blurred?

I recently read an article related to parents in denial and you can read the article too:  "Not My Kid: when parents are in denial"I related to the article because of a situation I was recently involved with at the high school I work at. It was very frustrated for all of the staff members involved and I bet for the child and parent too.

denial is not helping your child

Helpful School Nurse Resources

A Parent in Denial article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/addiction_b_1465306

Denial of Reality https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6686798/

Parents In Denial https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/how-do-life/202010/parents-in-denial

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