We can all imagine the effects on children if they are abused, neglected or have to deal with addicted parents. It guarantees that the subsequent adult will experience a tough time. There are many people who have had to struggle through life due to the irresponsibility of the people who decided to bring them into the world, for whatever reason. There is an old saying ” every child deserves a parent but not every parent deserves a child”. This is very true in many cases.
However, codependency doesn’t always need such extreme forces to form and start a pattern that, if left untreated, will shape the way sufferers see themselves and the world. Many of my clients who are clear codependents grew up in obviously “ok” homes with loving “ok” parents who subjected them to an “ok parenting style. This begs the obvious question how and why this could happen?
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