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Parentified Child When a Child Has to Act Like an Adult

Some children don’t get much of a childhood. When children have to act like adults – taking responsibility for their siblings, parents, and running a household– there are lasting effects. What is a parentified child? A parentified child is one that has taken on some or all of their parent’s responsibilities. Out of necessity, the …

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Enmeshed family

Being close to your family is usually a good thing, but it’s possible to be too close. Enmeshment describes family relationships that lack boundaries such that roles and expectations are confused, parents are overly and inappropriately reliant on their children for support, and children are not allowed to become emotionally independent or separate from their …

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Codependents can step into their circle of control

Codependents often focus on other people and their problems – sometimes spending a lot of time and energy trying to change or fix things outside of their control. Not only can this lead to self-neglect, but it’s also frustrating and often unproductive. Instead, we need to focus on what we can control and learn to …

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