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Mary Trump’s new book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” has some people wondering how family dysfunction affects kids. What kind of adults do they become when they’ve been exposed to toxic parenting behaviors?
Most people clearly recognize that serious maltreatment, like abuse or neglect, can have a lasting impact on children. But what about toxic parenting strategies that don’t rise to an extreme level of abuse? Or what about destructive parenting behaviors that might be less obvious?
As a therapist, I see some families who appear to function okay to the outside world yet are riddled with dysfunctional family dynamics behind closed doors. And just because these don’t constitute abuse, or because they aren’t visible to anyone outside the family, doesn’t mean they won’t prevent kids from becoming healthy adults.
Here are 10 toxic parenting behaviors that can make children less functional in adulthood:
1. Shielding kids from pain
While you don’t want to expose kids to pain just for the purpose of “toughening them up,” you also don’t want to shield them from all discomfort.
Whether a parent insists the coach put their kid on the team or they say their missing cat …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy