There are many people in your life including your parents that you expect to give you support and lift you up. But there are situations that the people you expect are small gods to you turn toxic, manipulative and neglectful. Glowing up with toxic parents that are not offering the parental care and taking their responsibilities as parents can be overwhelming, stressful, draining and can as well take time to heal. Luckily, there are ways to deal with toxic parents so that you can feel better. It doesn’t matter whether you’re still living with them or detaching from them and setting boundaries, these tips will help you significantly.
Understand your parents
We have come across some children that have turned their parents into robots and annoying toxic machines. There are grown children who ignore their parents and eventually turn them into what they are today. The first step in this case is to understand what your parents needs from you and give exactly that.
Don’t try to please them too much
They are your parents and you definitely want to prove you’re a good child and a caring descendant to them. However, stop trying to please them too much. It’s natural to want your parents to approve everything and give you marks but now, you are an adult child that has their own life with their newly set goals to achieve.
Set healthy boundaries
It’s equally important to set healthy boundaries between yourself and the parents. The fact remains that boundaries help us set clear expectations and limits between parents and their children. They equally create emotional and physical space between you and your toxic parent. When creating boundaries between you and your parents, you must understand that toxic people resist boundaries making the process harder.
Don’t try to change your parents
Trying to change your parents is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Trying to change them if they’re not willing to change will not bear any fruits. Instead of wasting all the energy, control your choices, behavior and emotions.
Be careful with what you share with your toxic parents
Trust is another important element in parent-child relationship. If this trust is lost through toxic relationship with your parents, you should be mindful of what you share with them. As a matter of fact, you are not obliged to tell your parents anything that is happening with your life. Take time to filter what you share with them.
Take care of yourself
The fact remains that dealing with toxic parents is very stressful and this stress can cost you direly health wise. Consequently, it’s very important to take care of yourself and manage the stress. You can start with the basics such as eating healthy. Exercising and connecting with positive people in your life.
Be self-sufficient and independent
If you still live with your toxic parents, it’s important to be self-sufficient and independent to set healthy boundaries between yourself and them. This can take time especially if you are not self-sustenance in terms of finances and age. But still, focus more in your life than the general family.
Better parenting lifestyle start from here.