11 bad parenting traits you have without even knowing it
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Bad parenting trait #1: 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. These traits may have come from advice from your parents, while others you may have picked up on your own. Dr Barbara Greenberg, a clinical psychologist known for her focus 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 recognise 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.