Toxic Parenting

Toxic parenting refers to a parenting style that is detrimental to the child's emotional, psychological and even physical well-being, and can have long-term negative effects on child development and life in general. 

It is important to consider that toxic parenting behaviors can vary in intensity and severity, but generally involve dysfunctional and harmful interaction patterns between parents and/or caregivers and their children.

Some signs we can observe in toxic parenting:

Toxic parenting is characterized by a chronic and consistent pattern of harmful behaviors that negatively impact the lives of children. 

Note that parenting styles exist on a spectrum and occasional mistakes may occur, challenging moments may arise, but this is not enough to state that the parent or caregiver is toxic. However, as stated earlier, a consistent pattern of dysfunctional/toxic behaviors can cause serious unfavorable consequences in child development and also in adult life.

Survivors of toxic parenting may experience difficulties in establishing healthy relationships, staying in jobs or even managing their own mental health. It is very important that adult children of toxic parents seek professional help and support to heal these emotional wounds left by years of abuse and to develop coping mechanisms.

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