Jun 29 2012
You have just found out your child is cutting (also referred to as self-injury). You are likely feeling shocked, scared, angry, helpless, guilty, disappointed, and at a loss for words. You may be asking yourself, how could this happen? You may be looking at your teen and thinking…Why are you doing this? Are you doing this to hurt me? What did I do wrong?
Please know that none of your feelings or thoughts are wrong, they are normal responses that many parents experience. What is important is to educate yourself about self-injury, learn how to approach your child with the knowledge you have of self-injury, and get your child the additional support that they need. As a counselor working with kids at Life Skills Resource Group, I have encountered many parents who are scared to the point of being frozen, who have no idea what they need to be doing to help their child who is self-injuring.
Here are some tips to get you started.