A toxic parent is a parent who’s behaviors are transmitted unto children that could potentially cause them direct or indirect harm. All parents can have varying grades of toxicity, and sadly, it’s a lot more common than you may think. The number one job as a parent is to be a good role model for your child and hopefully have their life be better than yours was. All families should try to model healthy relationship dynamics and be a support system for the children. A lot of times parents aren’t realizing that their actions could be harmful to their children. These are some of the behaviors that could indicate that you’re a toxic parent;
- You and your partner fight in front of your children.
- You are overly critical or easily disappointed.
- You stand in between your child and their goals.
- You don’t allow your children to express themselves freely.
- You relentlessly “joke” about stuff your kid does.
- You make your kids responsible for making you happy.
Another thing a new parent needs to think about is the fact that your child is a sponge. Your child is curious about everything and they’re always looking and listening. Naturally, kids’ actions are learned mostly from those who are most influential in their lives – namely their parents. Yelling, anger problems, talking negatively about things/people, gossiping and selfish behavior are all actions that kids soak up. So as a parent you need to become the prime role model for your child, even when you don’t think their paying attention. For more information about this topic feel free to visit the websites below.
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