March 20, 2021

Can A Parentified Child Ever Be Free?

Elle Scullion

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The Storyteller, 2021

Growing up with a hyper-manic father with addiction problems the roles were often reversed, I feel this poem has followed the path our relationship took and many other parentified children would be able to relate to this and the saviour complex that is forced upon us. I only wish I had learned earlier in my life that only someone that truly wants to get better can better, you can’t force them and if I can help other young people see this and save them some heartache and lift their unjust guilt then it would make this all worthwhile.