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July 14, 2010 - 5:45 am

span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times/span: a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/13mind.html?_r=3scp=1sq=richard%20Friedman%20mdst=cse”"When good parents plant bad seeds”/a (hat tip: a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2010/07/when-good-parents-have-bad-children.html”Had enough therapy? blog/a):br /br /blockquoteFor years, mental health professionals were trained to see children as mere products of their environment who were intrinsically good until influenced otherwise; where there is chronic bad behavior, there must be a bad parent behind it.br /br /But while I do not mean to let bad parents off the hook — sadly, there are all too many of them, from malignant to merely apathetic — the fact remains that perfectly decent parents can produce toxic children……br /br /For better or worse, parents have limited power to influence their children. That is why they should not be so fast to take all the blame — or credit — for everything that their children become. /blockquotebr /br /If you are a parent with a “toxic child,” I recommend reading Joshua Coleman’s book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061148431?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0061148431″span style=”font-style:italic;”When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0061148431″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /

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