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How to Avoid Raising a Narcissist

Raise your hand if you were told by a parent or guardian that you were special as a child. It’s common praise given to us as kids, but when said too often or without merit, the result could lead to a narcissistic child. But what does the path to narcissism truly look like, and what parental behaviours impact the outcome? We spoke to Mary Zamil, B.A Hons. Psyc., MA., RP (Qualifying) at Psychotherapist at Positive Kids, and Kathleen Crowe, Autism Therapist for Southeast Region Autism Services, to gain a better understanding of how narcissism in children develops and how parents can navigate the complexities of raising kids in the modern age. Because in a world where technology and social media reigns supreme, parents are often met with an added layer of stress as children become well-equipped to be the star of their own show.

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