X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

A wonderful idea for parenting teens!

Bert Fulks

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.  Yes.  Young people.  I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.  I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand.  This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.

Recently I asked these kids a simple question:  “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”

They all raised their hands.

Every single…

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3 thoughts on “X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

    1. Isn’t it great! I wished I had known about this when my kids were teens. We always talked about calling home if they help or found themselves in uncomfortable situations, but this gives them a way to do it that takes the pressure off.

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  1. I hear this a lot from the teens that I work with inpatient at the psych hospital. They find that they have messed up and then feel trapped. Adults often don’t give young people a way to back out of the mistakes that they have made. Hell, we do that to adults to. Just because someone made a mistake doesn’t mean we need to push them into the rabbit hole.

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