One of the greatest struggles in parenting is the fact there’s no guidebook. OK, actually there are more guidebooks than I can count, but no matter how many parenting books exist in the world — from the spiritual to the sarcastic and everywhere in between — there’s no single, set authority that can say how to properly raise a child. There are a lot of authors out there who can tell you how they’d do it but no one has the right answers for you. So, in each moment of every day, parents make it up. That’s right, my darling daughter, your Mommy is completely full of crap and lying her ass off every time she says she knows what she’s doing. Mommy also hates it when people speak in the third person so let's move on.
All parents need a little support and guidance when it comes to what to do with their kids but at the end of the day, most parents just hope they aren’t permanently screwing them up. Well, at least not so much that they end up living in our basements the rest of their precious little lives. But how can you tell if you’ve crossed the line from frazzled parent to full-blown, toxic influence? Well, I can’t tell you where that line is but I can tell you some signs that suggest you probably haven’t crossed it.