Bad parenting trait #11: you take your child's behaviour personally
Hearing your child tell you they don’t like you (or worse!) for the first time is hard for every parent. You’ve fed, loved and cared for this tiny being since they existed, and it’s hard to hear anything but words of adoration out of those sweet little mouths. While it can sting, it is perfectly natural and a part of a child’s development to assert their independence and separation from parents. Toxic parents tend to take this natural part of growing up personally and take the criticism to heart. This can cause toxic parents to behave immaturely toward their children and hold grudges, give guilt trips, or even give the silent treatment. If you find yourself taking your child’s behaviour personally and then reacting irrationally, you might consider speaking with a therapist to explore your own issues that are triggering such a response.
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