Leaving your childhood behind to become a good parent

Clinical psychologist Lisa Firestone considers ways to avoid re-enacting as parents the less desirable traits our own parents showed to us as children.

She suggests that, as adults, not only are we influenced by how we were parented but also by how we adapted to the conditions we lived with as children. The article describes the challenging process of reflecting on how the negatives in our childhoods can manifest in our behaviour as adults.

Tracing emotional reactions to their root can make it easier to understand our own behaviour – as people and parents.

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