Parenting is hard, but so is being the child of battling parents. Across Michigan and throughout the Midwest, many children struggle with finding peace and stability within their homes because of their parents’ narcissistic and pathological behavior. In some cases, parents may not know that they are inflicting harm through their behaviors upon their children. And others, they may be aware of their actions and use their behaviors to create rifts between their kids and their co-parents.
Narcissistic parenting is a damaging form of trauma that can affect children into adulthood. There are some common signs of narcissistic parenting, and this post will discuss some of them. Readers should remember, however, that this post contains no legal or psychological advice. Parental alienation professionals can be consulted by those with questions and concerns about narcissistic parenting.
Signs of narcissism in parenting
Narcissistic parents think very highly of themselves. They often like to talk about themselves and position themselves to be the topic of conversation. It is not uncommon for narcissistic parents to be liked by their peers, but often their behavior changes when they are home with their children. They may treat their children coldly and harshly.
Narcissistic parents are judgmental and opinionated. They make their kids feel bad for failing to respond to their every command. They can use guilt and blame to inflict harm on those around them, including their kids.
Why narcissistic parents are dangerous
Narcissistic parents are dangerous because they inflict psychological harm on their children that can last for their lifetimes. Children who have grown up with narcissistic parents can suffer long-term stress and other significant psychological effects from the treatment they received at the hands of their narcissistic parents. They may require support to work through their trauma and help to find trusting relationships.
Dealing with narcissistic parenting during a divorce or in child custody negotiations can feel impossible. Individuals in this difficult situation should know, though, that legal professionals with knowledge about this specific topic do exist. They can advocate for their clients and their children so that the reach of narcissistic parents is limited and avoided.