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“Kids are supposed to be carefree, and when we’re put into the experience of parentification, we’re not carefree– We have the weight of adult problems on these little shoulders.” – Terri Cole


As a child, were you responsible for cleaning the house? Cooking for your siblings? Taking care of an adult because they were unable to care for themselves?

Did the adults in your life expect emotional support from you? Did you mediate between family members?

If so, you may have Parentified Child Syndrome. 

In this episode, I am breaking down the two types of child parentification, why it happens, symptoms you may have experienced, and steps to take to begin healing.


  • 03:40 Common experiences that might be parentification
  • 05:30 Causes of parentification
  • 09:00 The effects childhood parentification can have later in your life
  • 12:30 Notice the strengths that can arise from childhood struggles
  • 14:00 Therapies that can help with parentification trauma
  • 15:30 How caring for yourself can help you heal

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