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11 Ways You’re Being a Toxic Parent—Without Even Knowing It

Reader's Digest Logo By Jen Babakhan of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 11: Communication between parent and child can be a tricky thing, especially as children become older and have opinions of their own. Barbara Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist known for her national television appearances focusing on the mental health of adolescents and teens, says communicating in the right way is key for parents. 'Toxic parents are known for not listening to their kids, but instead, talking over them or at them,' she says. 'If parents recognize themselves doing this they should make a concerted effort to remain silent and listen, listen, and listen some more. If kids feel listened to they will talk more and confide more.

You talk at your child instead of with them

Communication between parent and child can be a tricky thing, especially as children become older and have opinions of their own. Barbara Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist known for her national television appearances focusing on the mental health of adolescents and teens, says communicating in the right way is key for parents. 'Toxic parents are known for not listening to their kids, but instead, talking over them or at them,' she says. 'If parents recognize themselves doing this they should make a concerted effort to remain silent and listen, listen, and listen some more. If kids feel listened to they will talk more and confide more.
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