6 problematic things parents do that can make their children insecure, withdrawn, drug-dependent, or otherwise worse off as they grow up
- Parenting behaviors - from being over-involved to constantly stressed out to emotionally abusive- can have lasting impacts from childhood all the way up to adulthood.
- Abusive parenting during childhood may lead to a greater likelihood to developing age-related diseases.
- Over-involved parenting also may lead to feelings of entitlement and less self-efficacy when you get older.
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Yet while young children emulate their parents early on, adolescents and adults who recognize negative behavior can manage the influence your parents had on you, according to Carl Pickhardt, psychologist and author of Who Stole My Child?: Parenting through the Four Stages of Adolescence."Parents are hugely influential for who [their children] are and how they act," Pickhardt told Business Insider. "However, what mediates that effect is the decision by the child to want to decide to follow that example or to differentiate from that."
Here are 6 ways your parents' behavior growing up may have had a negative impact on who you are today.
Having abusive parents can lead to higher stress and likelihood of developing age-related diseases like cardiovascular disease.
If your parent was drug-dependent, you may have ended up having to take care of them as a child — which can cause problems with having fun as an adult.
Or, depressed parents may lead children to act like they're happy. This can lead to a hesitation to open up emotionally in adulthood.
Over-involved "helicopter" parenting during childhood has been linked to anxiety problems in adolescence — and even the abuse of pain pills.
Over-involved parenting also may lead to feelings of entitlement and less self-efficacy when you get older.
Stressed out or emotionally abusive parents lead to children with higher levels of "defenses" to shield them from experiencing pain. These traits carry on into adulthood and lead to trouble nurturing their own children.
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