A few months ago I watched with interest an episode of Dr. Phil that dealt with the topic of brainwashing of children by a parent. Dr. Phil summarized the bad parental behavior that hurts children, and I jotted down the main points he made. Here they are:
- Using child as pawn
- Talking bad about the other parent
- Using child to gain information
- Transferring hurt feelings and frustrations onto the child
- Treating the child like an adult
All of them are great points. In my case every single one of them are being done. How about you? It’s my guess that a parent that you see deploying at least two of these actions is likely to be doing all five.