This week we talk about parentification of children - when you take care of your parent(s). It might be somewhat healthy and normal to do it here and there for brief moments, like if they have an accident and need physical care or you learn how to do some grocery shopping or pay some bills, but when you become their main emotional support, and it becomes an entrenched pattern in the family, adverse outcomes abound. We talk about the different kinds of parentification, the effects on you as a child and adult, and the way it affects your relationships and your mental health. As always, we try to illustrate the concept by relating it to ourselves as individuals and as a couple.
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