Part of the reason people find it hard to change from distrust to trust of their children is that distrust becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. If parents are always in a child's face, always offering unsolicited advice, always checking up, etc., the child stops trying to make decisions for himself, or makes decisions that are fundamentally rebellions and do not serve his own long-term interests. Distrust leads to loss of trustworthiness, which, of course, leads to more distrust--a vicious cycle.

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