Welcome to The Toolbox! This is a safe space.

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 (“Lemon Moms.”)

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, nurture or accept her children, or provide them with a sense of safety or security. They grow up feeling “not good enough,” confused, unloved, misunderstood, unimportant, or invisible, and they often believe that they don’t really matter. They treat themselves accordingly as adults; 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.

On this site, diagnoses are irrelevant! If someone’s personality traits cause you pain or negatively impact your life, that’s what’s important to know and change. This site is about recognizing how someone’s toxicity, mental illness, or distorted thinking are affecting you, and applying what you learn to help improve your life and circumstances.

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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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