10 Ways to Free Yourself from Toxic Parents #codependency #narcissistic #ACOA #ACA #adultchildren #toxicfamily #dysfunctional #boundaries #detachment #selfcare

10 Ways to Free Yourself from Toxic Parents

  In my last post, I shared 15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent. Awareness is a great place to begin, but if you have toxic parents, what you really want to know is how to cope with their crazy-making.   How are your toxic parents impacting your life? Toxic parents can make your life […]

Signs You Have a Toxic Parent #toxic #parent #dysfunctional #difficult #ACA #narcissistic

15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent

  No one has a perfect relationship with their parents or in-laws.   If you’re lucky you have a positive and healthy relationship with your parents most of the time. Unfortunately, for some people – those with toxic parents – this isn’t possible. No matter how hard you try, you can’t have a mutually satisfying […]

Parenting When You're Codependent Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

Parenting When You Are Codependent: Breaking the Cycle

This post contains an affiliate link.   Childhood trauma has lasting effects Many people who experienced childhood trauma continue to feel the effects of the trauma in adulthood. As a way to cope with the trauma, you may have developed codependent traits such as: trying to fix or rescue others, acting like a martyr, perfectionism, overworking, […]

Generational Effects of Codependency. Codependency is passed down from generation to generation. It's possible to be codependent if you had a normal childhood.

The Generational Effects of Codependency

Codependency is most often the result of childhood trauma.  But many readers have written to me, confused because they’re codependent and had a “normal” childhood. “I don’t understand why I’m codependent. I’ve read your posts, but I didn’t grow up in a dysfunctional family. How did this happen?” “Is it possible to be codependent if […]

Treat Yourself Like a Toddler and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care. A guide to self-care for codependents and those who struggle with self-care. Learn the difference between self-care and indulgence.

Treat Yourself Like a Toddler (and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care)

  Do you struggle with self-care? Self-care is especially hard for those who grew up in dysfunctional families and/or developed codependent traits. Codependents struggle with self-care because they tend to focus on other people’s feelings, needs, and problems, and take care of others, often at their own expense. Part of changing these patterns is shifting […]