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Erika Schmidt, LCSW - thoughts on children

Posted by All Done on February 23, 2004, at 12:23:29

Several of us have parents with mental illness and are suffering first hand the effects of growing up with that. When we have our own children, there is sometimes concern that we will pass this suffering on.

In your experience with children, do you find that more of their problems stem from genetic makeup or environmental factors? What differences do you see in the problems that result from genetics vs. environment?

Obviously, we cannot change the genetic makeup of our children. So, in addition to ending the severely abusive patterns that occurred in some families, what are the most important things, in your opinion, that we can do or change to allow our children to have the best chance at avoiding the painful roads we have traveled?

I appreciate your taking the time to respond to this and all of our other posts.

And of course, input from other Babblers is always welcomed, as well.

All Done




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