David Matta Posted almost 3 years ago If parents showed more of themselves, would kids develop better, healthier coping skills? Hi Nicole, if your question is to explain why so many children take to drugs, self injury, etc... I do not think it has to do with parents opening up about their struggles and imperfections. I think it has more to do with two factors: communication and love. Kids and young people need to feel they are respected and listened to and above all that they are loved. Both factors are complementary. To talk without love is useless prattle and to love without communication is sterile.