There were many really hard times in my childhood that left my parents unavailable to really help me navigate my emotional needs.
First of all, my dad was an alcoholic. He would have some really bad spells when he would not come home until really late at night or he would be just plain angry and belligerent.
This was very scary to me. Many nights I was awakened by him being really loud and arguing with my mom. I started to learn to tip toe around him or avoid him all together.
I learned that my needs were less important than keeping the peace in the family.
My mom dealt with her own anxiety and depression, which sometimes left her unable to cope with any of her children's struggles. She had to work full time and then on the weekends often needed some time away from it all.
My parents were extremely loving and they cared beyond words. They had endearing memories and nicknames for each one of my siblings. They would do anything to protect us from harm.
But, they both had emotionally unavailable parents far worse than any of my experiences.
For a child with big emotions and a giant caring heart, I didn't want to be another stress and burden so I kept a lot of my struggles to myself. I didn't ask for help. I became very self reliant and independent. I developed these strategies to survive in my family.
But, I really wanted parents that could hear me, understand me, and give me space to be vulnerable. I didn't know that at the time because I was busy being 'strong.'
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