6 SIGNS YOU’RE A TOXIC PARENT BUT DON’T REALIZE IT
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FIGHTING IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN.
Fighting, that is yelling or becoming physical, in front of your children is a type of child abuse. It has been proven to be incredibly emotionally damaging to kids. Arguments are a natural part of all relationships, but fights should never happen in front of children.
BEING OVERLY CRITICAL OR DISAPPOINTED.
The #1 job of a child is to get to know the world they’ve been born into. They need to learn, to explore their interests, and find out what they love and are good at. Parents who attempt to force their children into doing certain types of extracurricular and “for fun” activities are actually engaging in a toxic thing.
STANDING BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR GOALS.
Parents tend to project their own hopes and dreams and ideals on their children. A football-loving father may be repulsed by his son’s interest in ballet and a former cheerleader mother may be upset when her little girl tries out for lacrosse, but you have to let kids explore their interests and figure out what it is that they want out of life.
NOT ALLOWING KIDS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY.
Children should never be afraid to say what’s on their mind. There may be a consequence or two depending on how it’s said, but a child should never ever be afraid to speak what’s on their minds. A healthy environment tells them that they are loved and can speak freely. A toxic parent will compel their children not to speak up.
THEY MAKE TOXIC “JOKES.”
Teasing is a part of family life sometimes. It sure was in my family! A little gentle ribbing is fine, but it becomes toxic when a parent relentlessly teases one of their own over something they said or did. Know when to drop it.
MAKING KIDS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR HAPPINESS.
Parents have a lot of expectations for their kids, and it makes sense. Parents just want what’s best. They want to equip their little ones with the needed skill to live happy, healthy lives. But when you start to manipulate your children into doing certain things to make YOU happy, that’s a real toxic thing to do.
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