Backseat parents make it impossible to thrive on your own terms. They undermine your happiness and your sense of self in this life.

It’s challenging to see your children as the adults that they are. It’s hard to see them making their own decisions and their own mistakes too. For this reason, you can find your caretakers being overbearing, or engaging in backseat parenting. While it may come from a place of love, it becomes a major wall and point of contention in our relationships with them. If you want to preserve the bond you share, you need to learn how to deal with a backseat parent in a civil (and mature) way.

Set boundaries for yourself and your parent, and lean further into your authentic strengths. Your life is yours and your alone. Your parents will respect that when you show them how to.

Author | NLP-MP | I write about relationships, psychology, and growth. Founder @ The Dragr App. My new book — Relationship Renovator — is available now.

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