What does a toxic mom look like?
Toxic parents may invade your privacy or not allow you to make your own decisions. Or maybe they're overly critical and controlling of your decisions, even as an adult. Manipulative behaviors. Your parent may try to control you by using guilt or shame to play with your emotions.
How should a toxic mother behave?
When is your mother toxic?
“It is characterized by criticism, control, manipulation and guilt—a big maneuver that toxic mothers use.” For example, if your mom constantly criticizes your life choices (like badmouthing your spouse), and if this has been an ongoing pattern for as long as you can remember, you might be dealing with a toxic mother.