Parenting: Attachment vs enmeshment

By TRACEY SHIPLEY, JUDITH POSNER
May 1, 2014 11:58

The other side of the coin.




Family

The term ‘enmeshment’ and family. (photo credit:JUDY KAUFMAN)

There is a popular expression about the parent- child relationship: “You are only as happy as your unhappiest child.” Is this true? And if it is true, is it a good thing? In other words, does it reflect a positive relationship?

Our previous two columns focused on parental responsibility and the importance of good communication and proactive parenting – what we call healthy parental attachment. This column explores the other side of the coin; namely, what happens when parents are overly involved in their children’s lives?

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