Parenting Before Parole: 15 Ways to Help Children Deal with the Incarceration of a Parent

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2.  Recognize behavioral changes and encourage open communication.

Withdrawing from family and friends, having trouble sleeping, making up stories or lying and difficulty establishing bonds are all behavioral challenges a child growing up with an incarcerated parent may experience. What looks like misbehaving and disrespect to you may in fact be frustration and confusion. When the teacher calls and tells you your son punched a kid in the nose, before flipping out, take time to consider the circumstances and talk to him about what he may be feeling.

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