I Was A Victim Of Parental Bullying, Here's How I Healed

Last updated by Katie M.

Many of us believe that bullying stops when we push open the doors of high school for the final time, but that's just not true. In fact, and rather unfortunately, there are many forms of bullying and none of them are exclusively linked to a certain age or time frame, making them particularly hard to identify. When it comes to parental bullying, it can be very tough to pick up on due to the unconditional love we are supposed to feel toward our moms and dads. In short, this social pressure completely clouds our judgment and can lead us down a very dark path. Here's how I got over my parents' bullying ways.

I Was A Victim Of Parental Bullying, Here's How I Healed

A look at my backstory and former relationship with my mom and dad

My parents have always been the pushy and controlling type. From as far back as I can remember, they were always adamant that I had to do well for myself and become an overachiever. I had to do extra math problems, hand in 10-page essays when the teacher had only asked for 2, and sign up for every extracurricular activity under the sun. That was all dandy, but none of it was anything I'd decided for myself. Basically, they wanted me to be successful and ultimately lead a more comfortable life than they had.

My parents always had big dreams for me when I was a kid, but, unfortunately, this spilled into my adult life too. Take my college applications as an example, here, my parents just couldn't prevent themselves from running down all of my choices and gaslighting me into following their route of choice for me. Their parenting style was less about making sure I was okay and instead ensuring that the decisions I made impressed their equally controlling friends.

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My defense mechanism

I'd always brushed their interfering ways under the carpet, however, that all changed with the birth of my first child. Up until that point, I'd never really considered us as having a particularly good relationship, but here, things completely deteriorated. Their emotional bullying mixed with my raging hormones just became unbearable. I was no longer able to deal with their bullying behavior, snide comments, or ridiculous judgments. I couldn't brush things off anymore. Enough was enough, I wasn't going to allow them to live vicariously through me anymore. I was and am my own person, with my own ideas, opinions, and feelings.

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1) I recognized I was a victim

Coming to the realization that my mom and dad were unfortunately just parents who dreamed of controlling their children was a tough one, but, it was a necessary step on the journey to well-being. Identifying bullying was a confusing phase because, well, I had always been conditioned to it. My parents thought they were doing their best for me, when instead they'd spent years breaking down my dreams and inflicting their own ones upon me.

2) I cut the toxicity off at the source

Although it was truly painful, cutting my mom and dad out of my life for a while really helped me heal my soul. Taking time apart from them helped me realize what I was capable of and what I really wanted from life. I deserved to be able to listen to my own desires without worrying about their harsh judgments and opinions. By taking a step back, I was able to detach myself from their views and ultimately live for myself.

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3) I established boundaries in all of my surviving relationships

Realizing that my parents, who were supposed to be my protectors, had spent my whole life manipulating and gaslighting me made me want to establish boundaries in my other relationships. I'd essentially suffered years of emotional abuse and no longer wanted to feel like this anymore, so, I decided to finally take control, and speak my mind. I wasn't prepared for anyone else to minimize my feelings or my ideas.

4) I acknowledged my feelings

I know for me that feelings are a complete puzzle, which explains why I struggle to deal with them. I'm not exactly the most open person when it comes to expressing how I feel and admitting when people make me feel a certain way. However, finally coming face to face with my emotions was kind of liberating for me. Being about to put labels on my emotions freed plenty of things I had buried deep within my soul.

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5) I got professional help

Turning to a therapist wasn't an easy decision to make, but it was no doubt the decision that saved me. Getting an outsider's opinion was very insightful and healing, too. Plus, it gave me the reassurance I needed to come to terms with everything I had experienced.

Editor's opinion - Put yourself first

Our parents are important figures in our lives, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily healthy influences. No matter how old you are, you have to live your life for yourself and therefore put your own needs before theirs. We often feel indebted to those that raised us, but we must focus on making ourselves feel good, despite what other people may think or feel about our decisions.

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