toxic parents


The New York Times website has an article today on a topic I think is all too infrequently acknowledged: the idea that some parents are toxic and best removed from their children’s lives. (The author’s not referring to situations of physical or sexual abuse but the insidious emotional abuse against which there is no legislation.) So much of our current obsession with the family (on both sides of the aisle, to be honest) ignores the fact that families aren’t always something to be celebrated; they can be sources of immense amounts of pain and no amount of trumpeting how amazing the family is will change the reality for people who are stuck in these toxic households. It’s about time somebody talked about that publicly.


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