Tag Archives: parenting

Four Reasons “Why?” is the Wrong Question

by on September 8, 2020

Mike found himself regularly confused by other people. Even though he was successful in his career, he struggled with personal connections. He had professional relationships, but they were very superficial and only existed within a work environment. When he tried to converse outside of business matters, he only ended up sounding awkward and unintelligent. The… (more…)

10 Outcomes of Successful Parenting

by on July 20, 2020

The primary purpose of parenting is to raise fully functional adults who can take care of themselves and make a positive contribution to society. Generally speaking, this should be accomplished by the time the child reaches the age of eighteen. After this age, parents have less verbal influence, but can still be a positive role… (more…)

The Consequences of Narcissistic Parenting

by on July 19, 2020

Ideally, a child is given the freedom to explore and express their individuality so they can develop into a confident and well-balanced adult. This nurturing environment prioritizes the needs of the child over the parent without overindulgence. But this is not the case when one parent is a narcissist. Most children are unaware of their… (more…)

6 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Teens

by on May 7, 2020

Teenagers are notorious for their extreme emotional responses. The contrast between “I love you” and “I hate you,” which sometimes can happen within a few minutes, is enough to drive most parents crazy. To cope, many parents end up ignoring their own emotions in an attempt to manage their teen. Over time, this develops into… (more…)

Road to Recovery from Narcissistic Parenting

by on April 1, 2019

Ida realized her mother was a narcissist in her early 20’s. But what she didn’t expect was the developmental impact on her childhood. Normally, a child is given the freedom to explore and express their individuality so they can develop into a confident and well-balanced adult. This nurturing environment prioritizes the needs of the child… (more…)

What is Sadistic Parenting?

by on February 1, 2019

As Monique recounted the abuse from her childhood, it became apparent that the abuse from her mother was not typical. While most abusers follow a pattern of tension building, incident, reconciliation, and calm, her mom did not. The tension-building phase was constant with no break or relief from the ensuing harm. The incidents came out… (more…)

10 Things You Can Do if Your Teen Seems Narcissistic

by on October 7, 2018

“Yet another frustrating conversation with my son,” Halley remarked to her therapist. “He is so arrogant, demanding, and controlling. He refuses to see that the wrong in his actions and insists that everyone else is to blame for his situation. I’m so tired of fighting with him.” Halley’s 17-year-old son developed severely escalating lousy behavior… (more…)

10 Emotions That Can be Unintentionally Inherited by Children

by on October 7, 2018

Amy’s anxiety was through the roof. She couldn’t remember the last time she felt at peace. Her mind raced obsessively with thoughts of worst-possible outcomes, reliving past hurts over and over, and fortune-telling what everyone around her was thinking. She found herself going to dark places of imagining what would happen if her husband died,… (more…)

10 Strategies for Coping with an Adult Narcissistic Child

by on October 7, 2018

“My daughter who is 18 fits most of these (narcissistic) examples. For the last year, after her second suicide attempt, I have probably been way too lenient on her because of my fear of losing her. I truly feel at my wit’s end with her unfair accusations and manipulative behavior and have now had to… (more…)

What Parental Alienation Is and Is Not

by on October 7, 2018

There is hardly a day that doesn’t go by in my counseling practice where someone brings up the concept of parental alienation. The problem is that the term is frequently misused. For some, it is a catchphrase used to describe any and all poor parent/child relationships. After all, it is far easier to blame the… (more…)

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