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i need help for my niece
November 1, 2000
3:34 pm
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psyche
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i have read a lot about codependency but i need to know if it affects adults only because i think my 13 year old niece suffers from codependency. can children be codependent?

November 1, 2000
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13 In my humble opinion is the age where women start to develop and thus begin the co-dependent behavior. Is it that she is lacking emotional support from her parents? Does she lack in out side involvement? Does she have poor role models for developing a strong sense of self? Please elaborate on her behavior, and what it is that makes you suspect?

November 1, 2000
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Thirteen...just the time to be discovering your SELF. But if the only way you can feel validated as a person inyour own right is to follow "the womanly way" of taking care of others (nurturing in a mom is not codependent)(unles taken to far) doing for others never saying no...etc. sure she can be started on the road to codependnecy.

I think it starts young and we never know the diference.

November 18, 2000
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I also have a niece, she is fifteen and lives with me and my husband. Her mother and father are not together. She has lived with us since she was eleven. At times she is very withdrawn from everyone. Her mother never call and her dad started calling last month. She has issues about me leaving her. She can tell my husband she is upset with him but she will not tell me. She never wants to dissappoint me. Maybe I have appliued too much pressure on her. But I need some type of guidance on how to make her love herself, firgive her mother and father and be assured I am not going any where.

November 19, 2000
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I would suggest you find a family therapist for the two of you. I am sure you may have some issues with your neives parents just leaving her without a care (seemingly) Yes your neice does need a third party to help her see her own self worth even tho' she has "been abandoned." She may blame herself.

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