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Signs You Are a Toxic Parent


Some parents acquire toxic behaviour unknowingly due to the ups and downs that they face in their life. Here are some signs of toxic behaviour in parents and few tips for getting rid of such behaviour.


There are several factors that can lead a person to become a toxic parent. There are ups and downs in every one’s life and sometimes these changes can affect the way a person raises his or her children. Such situations can compel a person unknowingly to become a toxic parent. At times a person can get so toxic that it may become difficult for him or her to get rid of such toxicity. So, for parents, it is necessary to identify such signs and get rid of such behaviour so that the development of their children is not affected.


Signs of Toxic Behaviour in Parents

Here are some signs that indicate toxic behaviour on part of parents.
  • They cannot solve any problem without yelling or screaming at children.

  • They always compare their children with others.

  • They blame children for their personal failures.

  • They do not care about what is happening in their children’s life.

  • They never accept their mistakes and apologize.

  • They do not care about the feelings and needs of their children.

  • They always keep criticizing their children.

  • They do not respect the individuality of their children.

  • They use techniques like emotional blackmailing to get their work done from their children.

  • They make children feel guilty from time-to-time.

  • They do not care about the self-esteem of their children.

  • They always remind children of their shortcomings instead of boosting their confidence.

  • They do not show any interest in talking or listening to their children.
The above mentioned are the few points that show the toxic behaviour on part of parents. If parents are following the above ways, it is surely going to affect the emotional health and the development of children. Therefore, if knowingly or unknowingly parents acquire such traits, they should surely get rid of them. Here are few ways which parents can follow to get rid of toxicity and become a better parent.


Ways to Become a Better Parent

Here is what a parent can do to transform himself or herself from a toxic parent to a better parent.

Practice Anger Management Techniques

Not having control over anger is one of the most important factors that can lead to toxicity in parents. When parents become angry due to some reason, children become their target. They often make their children their punching bags to take out their anger and frustration. So, it is a must for parents to practice anger management techniques like deep breathing and meditation to avoid taking out their anger and frustration on their children.

Spend Quality Time with Children

Children are the greatest blessings of God. So, valuing and celebrating their presence in your life is very important. Hence, it becomes a must to spend quality time with them. Playing games with them, taking them out on walk, telling stories to them and singing songs with them are some of the ways to spend quality time with them.

Value Their Feelings

It is important to value the feelings of children. When they want to share something, do not ignore them and listen to them earnestly. Let them share their feelings with them. Help them deal with their emotions positively. Do not yell or shout at them if they say or do something wrong. Instead follow constructive ways to correct them.

Follow Positive Approach

Follow a positive parenting approach while raising your children. Do not say any negative or bad things to them as it can affect their self-esteem and confidence. Provide a warm and cheerful environment for them to grow. Remember that children need love and positivity to blossom and become successful in life and grow-up into happy individuals.
 
Remember that children need confidence to face today’s modern and competitive world. Toxicity on part of parents can spoil their future. So, it is necessary to give-up toxic behaviour and nurture children with utmost care to raise them into confident, happy and successful individuals.


Why do some parents become toxic? How does the toxic behaviour in parents affect children? What are the ways to get rid of toxic behaviour? Discuss here.

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