Sharing info about addiction with your kids

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Sharing info about addiction with your kids

As a woman in Recovery and a parent in Recovery, it's important that my children understand the nature and the culture of the Recovery. It isn't important that they know what happened, what I did, who I was, the language that used. What's important is that they understand that we are in Recovery, it's a process of discovery, it's a process of learning who we are, and how we navigate life without substances. Without putting something from outside in, to make ourselves feel okay. They have an idea of who I am. I am a woman. I am in Recovery. I go to these meetings to support other women. I do other things, but they don't necessarily have an idea of what lead me to that. That's important to me because I need to nurture their innocence. There are things they don't need to know. They will find out in their own way in their own lives. For our family, the culture of Recovery is a culture of love and life and joy and self-expression. It is not a culture of dysfunction and addiction. That is what is important for our family and how we share our Recovery with our children.

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Connor Barnas is blessed and busy, living life with her husband Ethan and two children, Magdalena June, eight, and Augustus Wolfe, six in the midst of finding the sacred in the mundane and allowing space for serenity. After being given the gift of desperation, Connor began her life of recovery and discovery within the 12 Step paradigms in 1995. In 2002 she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and married the love of her life, Ethan; moved to a beautiful, dusty, desert town; and began her journey as a wife and mother.  

In 2003, Connor co-founded an Attachment Parenting group, and became a leader shortly after.  Connor has been involved in the Attachment Parenting community as a leader and a resource, and was honored as a featured volunteer during Volunteer Recognition Week, April 2011 by Attachment Parenting International. 

After relocating and settling in Jacksonville, Florida, to be close to her family of origin, Connor founded HAP East, a local homeschooling group whose focus and mission is to create community and continuity of relationship for homeschooling/attachment parenting families. 

Connor joyfully shares her experience, strength and hope with families and friends in the recovery, homeschool, and AP communities; she combines the spiritual principles of the 12 steps with the practical and compassionate parenting strategies of API to inform her path and growth as a woman, mother, wife, and active member of her world. 

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