Parenting for some is a pleasant and heartwarming experience overall. For other parents, however, parenting has caused them to feel overwhelmed and bitter. What causes bitterness in parents? A few simple factors make a major difference.
People make some truly nonsensical comments to parents, which reflect both a lack of empathy and memory lapse of what it was like when their own children were young. Parents hear these three statements all the time, inducing a familiar and powerful cringe.
Narcissistic parents can be found across every ethnicity and socioeconomic demographic. Could you be a narcissistic parent? Keep in mind that the truly narcissistic parent would never see that they do any of the things mentioned in this article!
Three music superstars - Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry - recently acted out what happens on playgrounds between females far and wide. Why do they do it? It has to do with what's called "relational aggression."
If you have kids who simply don't get along, focus on separating them and encouraging solo play. It's a lot harder to parent kids who don't get along than those who have the usual sibling spats, so don't add stress to your life by telling yourself they should get along better. Parents already deal with enough 'shoulds.'
Some very basic signs of integrity are dreadfully rare - see my reference to physicians - but the good news about integrity is that we're not born with or without it, so we can change how much integrity we show in everyday life. Check out these seven examples of integrity and ask yourself how often you see these signs in everyday life.
Most of us have no idea about the challenges parents of chronically ill children face. Seeing your child in pain takes a toll, so the rest of us must do our part and recognize their unique parenting experience and contribution.
My own recent experience with plastic surgery brought greater wisdom than my clinical training or experience counseling men and women. Is it, by definition, psychologically unhealthy to pursue (cosmetically motivated) plastic surgery?
Men and women who didn't get what they needed from their own parents as children will inevitably feel more conflicted and resentful as they parent children of their own - especially when their children are young and need vast amounts of attention.
Estranging yourself from family is, perhaps, among the most counter-intuitive of all human behaviors. And yet as I explain, sometimes it a downright necessity despite the sadness and anxiety estrangements cause for everyone involved.
On a recent trip to Japan, I realized how many lessons my young children could learn from such an entirely different culture. If only all American parents had the financial luxury of traveling with their children to cultures all across the world.
A recent review of my Psychology Today article (about how to detect signs that you're getting brushed off by a new date) is dismissive of anecdotal data drawn from a therapist's clinical work. I focus on teasing out the important questions we can answer, having to do with the debate about the value, dangers and purpose of both research-based and pop psychology.
The young children of narcissistic parents live life in an anxious, confused state; later, they seek stormy romantic partners as a result of having received the metaphoric Narcissistic Parenting Program.