Here Are 5 Unbelievably Toxic Things Good Parents Never Do

Dysfunctional families are breeding grounds for abuse and neglect.

Hope my mom and I hope my dad
Will figure out why they get so mad
Hear them scream, I hear them fight
Say bad words that make me want to cry
— Everclear

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”
Asa Don Brown

1. Dysfunctional families never accept responsibility.

“On top of the abuse and neglect, denial heaps more hurt upon the child by requiring the child to alienate herself from reality and her own experience. In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted; it’s the talking about them that is forbidden.”
Marcia Sirota

2. Dysfunctional families keep secrets.

“The shared secret and the shared denial are the most horrible aspects of incest.” ― John Bradshaw

3. Dysfunctional families argue. All the time. About everything.

“If mental abuse was a punishable crime, a lot of parents would be in jail serving a long term.” ― Maddy Malhotra

4. Dysfunctional families treat children like adults.

Perhaps nothing so accurately characterizes dysfunctional families as denial.”
― John Bradshaw

5. Finally, dysfunctional families are breeding grounds for abuse.

“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”
Dave Pelzer

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