When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life


When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life

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The Atlantic
Cindy Lamothe
getpocket.com
12 min

Some people who have to be responsible for their siblings or parents as children grow up to be compulsive caretakers.

Laura Kiesel was only 6 years old when she became a parent to her infant brother. At home, his crib was placed directly next to her bed, so that when he cried at night, she was the one to pick him up and sing him back to sleep. She says she was also in charge of changing his diapers and making sure he was fed every day. For the majority of her early childhood, she remembers, she tended to his needs while her own mother was in the depths of heroin addiction.

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