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Protecting Your Children From a Narcissistic Parent

Dealing with a narcissist is always difficult, but it can be especially challenging if they are the parent of your child.

Read on to learn more about how to shield your children from a narcissistic parent.

Steps to Take

If you’re trying to help your children cope with a narcissistic parent, know that you’re not alone. There are many others in similar situations that are also struggling with how to deal. The following tips are designed to help you and your children handle a narcissistic parent:

  • Learn about narcissism.

    • If you’ve recently come to the realization that your children have a narcissistic parent, it’s a good idea to inform yourself of what you’re dealing with. Consume as much media about narcissism as you can. As you learn, you’ll be able to discover the support you need most and how you can get it.

  • Accept that the narcissist won’t change.

    • There’s no use in trying to get a narcissist to change their ways. It simply won’t happen unless the narcissist actually wants to change. If you notice the narcissistic parent beginning to act sweeter, be wary as this may be a manipulation tactic.

  • Insist on setting boundaries.

    • It’s common for narcissists to violate boundaries on a consistent basis. Narcissistic parents tend to see their children as extensions of themselves that they can dominate and manipulate. Every situation is different, so there’s no clear and quick way to pronounce your boundaries.

  • Be aware that your children may be attracted to narcissists in the future.

    • When children are consistently exposed to certain behaviors—bad or good—they become familiar with those behaviors, and thus, comfortable. Make your children aware of narcissistic tendencies as soon and as often as possible so that they recognize them as abuse.

We’re Here to Help

If you’re all set to conclude your marriage with a narcissist, Edens Law Group, LLC is here to help. We know how uncomfortable and dangerous this situation can be for you and your family, and we’re here to support you. Our sympathetic Chester divorce attorneys will secure what’s important to you and work diligently to obtain the best results for you and your family.

 

Divorce doesn’t have to destroy. Contact today at (908) 259-6565 to get started with a free one-hour strategy session.

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