Vices are never really good practices to start with. These are detrimental to the body, the mind and the spirit in a deeper sense. Vices can affect other people too, especially the ones closest to us: our children. Some vices can have direct effects on the health of children, while some can have subtle effects, which become significant as the children grow older. A good parent thinks about the health and welfare of their children, even at the expense of sacrificing the parent’s gratification. So rather than doing the vices discreetly, parents should avoid having vices in order to ensure the well-being of their children. What are the health risks for children that associated with vices from parents?

Unhealthy diet

Children of parents with vices tend to be neglected most of the times in many aspects. One of which is proper diet. Vices involve an unhealthy preoccupation among involved individuals. In the case of parents, the unnecessary preoccupations brought about by vices can prevent them from carrying out their duties and responsibilities as parents, especially the provision of healthy and adequate food. Depending on the actual situation of each family, some children may tend to overeat, may eat less than their recommended dietary intake or may eat on the correct schedule, but eat mostly processed food. As parents, it can be painful to see your children growing up unhealthy because of the insufficient attention caused by your indulgence in vices. If you are a parent with vices, it would be wise to stop those vices as early as now.  

Risk for early involvement in vices

Children look up to their parents as their role models. Therefore, parents should do their best to be in their proper behavior and moral conduct not just around their children, but at all times. Children who see their parents being involved in vices are more likely to interpret what they witness as something “proper” that a grownup should do. Even that single careless moment of letting your children see that negative aspect of you can trigger their curiosity and shake the foundation of their belief in their parents. Children whose parents have vices are more likely to grow up having vices than children whose parents don’t have vices. In addition, the former are also at risk of doing vices such as drinking alcohol, drug abuse or gambling at a very young age. Parents currently having vices should treat this as a wake-up call, except they have a problem and find out more about how to stop this and seek professional intervention for the vices that are bordering on addiction.

Risk-taking behavior

Risk taking at a young age is not just a health risk, but also a safety risk as well. Children of parents with vices lack proper guidance and monitoring, which can lead them to do things that can be potentially harmful. Vandalism, stealing, drinking, smoking and other unsafe practices for children and adolescents are not acceptable and risky for their young age, but they can be easily swayed by peer pressure or mere suggestion. Thus, close and proper monitoring and guidance are essential for parents. Parents with vices cannot be fully engaged in their responsibilities to their children and will thus risk, unhealthy, injurious or life-threatening situations to happen to them.

Children whose parents have vices face a myriad of problems. Most of these problems can be preventable if only vices of parents were not there in the first place. However, all hope is not lost. If parents with unhealthy habits or vices accept their current situation and have the will to change, they will look for ways to free themselves from their vices and get back to being loving and nurturing parents. When it comes to interventions for vices and substance abuse, there are several institutions that offer quality services. Parents only need to research diligently on the institution’s profile.

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