Toxic Parents – Emotional aftereffects

March 16, 2022

In reading through this post, I am reminded how difficult it is to parent well.

There should be mandatory classes for parents to learn how to… parent. Sure, it sometimes comes naturally but often… not.

Judging by how my same-aged friends talk, we’d all like another chance to raise our children, no matter how things turned out.

The last lines of my original post ring true…

“Be gentle with yourself. And your parents. In most cases, they did the best they could.”

The Self-Help Whisperer®

Trigger warning: Discussion of abuse. No details, no photos.

Toxic Parents by Dr. Susan Forward has been patiently sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up and write about it here. Day after day, month after month, year after… well… one year. I did NOT want to write about it.

But today? I feel led. You tell me if it was for YOU, okay?

So… why didn’t I want to write about it? Welp, get ready for me to jump up on my soapbox!

In my sixty years on this planet, I  have come to a conclusion. Ahem. Get ready. You may disagree. You may want to thump me on the head.

Here goes:

Unless your parents were awesomely excellent…

(and believe me when I say that you – the child – may remember them this way but if we were to ask them, they’d disagree!)

… they…

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