Welcome to The Toolbox! This is a safe space.

The TOOLBOX is a place to nurture and redefine yourself after being involved (or while currently involved ) in a non-nurturing, or unsupportive relationship.

This site is about recognizing how someone’s emotional absence, mental illness, or distorted thinking affects you, and applying your insights to improve your life.

This is a safe space to learn skills and strategies to change yourself, your relationships, challenge your thinking and take back your personal power. It’s a place to begin healing and moving forward from the effects of emotionally absent people, unsupportive relationships, narcissists, and self-focused mothers aka “Lemon Moms.”

What’s a Lemon Mom? A Lemon Mom may be on the narcissism spectrum or may have full-blown, diagnosable Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She lacks the capacity to bond with her children, and they grow up feeling “not good enough,” confused, unloved, misunderstood, unimportant, or invisible, that they “don’t matter” or have no influence. As adults they continue disliking, ignoring, or neglecting themselves, taking unnecessary risks, attracted to people who aren’t good for them. They minimize themselves so that others can feel good, stay in hurtful relationships, and put themselves last, if at all.

On this site, diagnoses are irrelevant! If someone’s personality traits negatively impact your life, or cause you pain, that’s what’s important to know and change.

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    Welcome to The Toolbox!
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    <!-- wp:paragraph {"textColor":"black","fontSize":"medium"} --> <p class="has-black-color has-text-color has-medium-font-size">The TOOLBOX is a place to learn healthy coping skills and strategies, challenge your thinking and take back your personal power. It's a place to begin healing and moving on from the effects of toxic people, unhealthy relationships, narcissists, and narcissistic mothers, or "Lemon Moms."</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph {"align":"left","textColor":"black","fontSize":"medium"} --> <p class="has-text-align-left has-black-color has-text-color has-medium-font-size">What’s a Lemon Mom? A Lemon Mom has narcissistic traits; she may be on the narcissism spectrum or have full-blown, diagnosable Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She lacks the capacity to bond with, unconditionally love, and nurture her children, accept them, or provide a sense of safety or security. Her children grow up feeling “not good enough,” unloved, misunderstood, unimportant, invisible, and often internalize the feeling that they don’t really matter. They treat themselves accordingly; disliking, ignoring, or neglecting themselves, taking unnecessary risks, being attracted to people who aren't good for them, minimizing themselves so others can feel good, staying in hurtful relationships, putting themselves last on their priority list, or not at all.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->
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