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Destructive Parenting

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness

conscious.” It is ignorant to believe that all adolescent behavioral issues are caused by the adolescent alone. Although each youth has to pave their own way and make their own decisions in life, parenting plays a huge role in how a child learns and grows. When an adolescent fails to progress in life, there can be a plethora of roles contributing to this effect. Significant roles such as peers, teachers, family, and especially parenting play vital elements in creating a functioning member of society.

Being able to communicate with your child is a huge portion of growth and development.

Ego plays a larger role in parenting than most would think. It is never easy to admit that something you may have done has negatively affected you, your child, and even your spouse. Ego can affect people in many different ways. One of the most damaging ways a parent can display ego is becoming the critical parent. A critical parent displays so much discipline that the child cannot grow and in some cases, critical parenting pushes the child to disobedience. The authority figure becomes the villain and the child begins to distance themselves. Being able to communicate with your child is a huge portion of growth and development. On the opposite end of this scale it can also be extremely damaging to be a completely nurturing parent. Nurturing a child too much can cause the child to become entitled. If a child is never taught the proper way to act, talk, or behave, they can enter what we call a developmental vacation. A developmental vacation is where a child ceases to progress along with their peers. They become stagnant in their education, family life, and development.

At White River Academy, we offer treatment for both adolescents and parents to help bring the balance of the family dynamic back to where it needs to be. We help create habits that are mutually positive for the parent and child. We have an incredible team of staff and therapists that work non-stop to give people their families back. Learn more at


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