chapter three

How we become our kids’ victims—and strategies to prevent parent burnout

Now that we’ve gained some insight into your kid’s emotional development, it’s time to take a closer look at how you became your child’s victim. Step into the spotlight, and let’s focus on your past.

How far back are we going? Way back. We’re going to begin with the force that has the greatest influence on your parenting: the way you were parented. Your childhood holds the key to why you let your kid bully you.

Parenting isn’t one-size-fits-all. It’s a deeply rooted, personal experience. Parenting advice that doesn’t consider your unique identity, history, or family culture is bound to fall short. Like a badly dubbed movie, one “parenting script” won’t fit ...

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