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If parents showed more of themselves, would kids develop better, healthier coping skills?

I have been trying to determine a cause to why so many children, teens and young adults take to self-injury, drugs, sex, or eating disorders.
I believe that if their parents opened up more about their struggles, and their ways to deal with the stress of life, their children would be better equipped to find safer ways to cope with life.

So, if you are a parent, do you think that letting your children see you as less than perfect is something you could do? Knowing that by watching you struggle and fight to be better, that they would be better for it?

And kids, do you think that some of our coping skills are learned from our parents? If things changed, do you think it would help us?


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    Aug 3 2012: My parents have always been kind of hard on me. But I learn from that to not be a complete snot. They never really talk to me about drugs or self injury but I'm smart enough to keep myself from doing such things. I know how to cope with life without the aid of my parents. But, I agree with you that this Is a pretty big issue and not all kid's are like me. I think the only problem is getting the word out about this since I personally believe that parents opening up to their children would save a lot of kid's from going down the wrong path.

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