Most of us know that women should not drink or take drugs (even some prescription drugs) while pregnant. From physical issues to learning impairment and even severe cognitive challenges, children who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol while in the womb will not have an easy time of it and the consequences can last a lifetime for the child. I think it is fair to say that a mentally healthy woman would make any changes she had to, to protect the health of an unborn child, if she discovered she was pregnant
New research shows that there is also a risk if the father is consuming drugs or alcohol at the time of conception. This is scary, as often men have no idea that they are actually impregnating a woman. This would be especially true in the most detrimental circumstances of no commitment, no intention and possibly no thought except for sexual gratification.
I’ll get on my soapbox for just a moment and push for low cost/free contraception for anyone who wants it.
You see, we work with kids and teens who are living with the consequences of their birth parents actions. They may be diagnosed with ADHD. They may suffer from depression or anxiety. It doesn’t really matter. They now get to carry this burden.
In our work with horses we may help these kids/teens decrease impulsivity, increase their ability to focus and stay on task and help them build self-confidence. We provide a non-judgemental, yet challenging environment where our clients feel safe expressing their feelings while learning new ways to cope with these feelings.
Is you know a child or teen who is struggling call or email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.