Parenting: Attachment vs enmeshment
The other side of the coin.
By TRACEY SHIPLEY, JUDITH POSNER
May 1, 2014 11:58
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?