Toxic Parents

Topics: Family, Parent, English-language films Pages: 3 (1403 words) Published: April 27, 2013
I was asked to choose a book and write about it, and I chose to write about the book called Toxic Parent that was written by Susan Forward. I chose this book because the topic seemed interesting and the research I read on it made me want to read it even more, I did not regret it at all; it was a very interesting book that kept me interested in it until the end. This book basically talked about the stories of adults that were not able to live a normal life because their parents still had control over them one way or another, some even after their parents were dead.

One of the stories that the author talked about was of a man named Eli that even when he was wealthy, he was afraid to spend money and even when he was a millionaire he was driving an old clunker because his dad always told him that it was not good to spend money, that he had to save all his money because he never knew when something could go wrong and he could lose all his money. His dad an immigrant believed this because he grew up very poor and never had much, but by insisting in this believe he managed to control his son and he did not let him enjoy his money, even after he was dead he was still controlling him from the grave. This poor man could not even trust anyone because he was always thinking that people wanted to get close to him just because of his money, and everyone was out to get him. This story reminded me of my dad because he also believes in saving and he only buys the minimum necessities, he was always this way, when we were growing up he never bought my bothers or me anything expensive and he did not believe in name brand shoes, he always made our mom buy us payless shoes, and he always insisted that the thrift store clothes were just as good as the one in the store, we basically shopped there until were old enough to work and buy our own clothes. Even today he still acts that way, even now that is only him and my mom, he would wear socks with hole in them for months because he...
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