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Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents: Powerful Strategies to Help Adult Children Maintain Boundaries and Stay Sane

by David M. Allen Author and Susan Heitler Foreword

The relationships we all have with the people who raised us are unique and powerful, they're a big part of how we shape the relationships we develop as our lives go on. But what do we do when those relationships are toxic, or unhealthy; when we're taught conformity instead of creativity, or obedience but not respect, and we carry these misguided lessons into our adult years?

Sometimes getting rid of the thing that's hurting you isn't an option, and instead, you must learn to compromise, to demand the respect you deserve, and to defend the boundaries you need.