Growing up with an emotionally immature parent can certainly be challenging.
According to clinical psychologist Cliff Battley, emotionally immature parents can leave you with low self-esteem and thinking you're simply not good enough.
Why? Because they "struggle with their emotional kryptonite," he tells Mamamia.
"[Emotionally immature parents] are not self aware. They can't objectively look at themselves and identify their own strengths and weaknesses. So they struggle to actually control their own emotions."
"They also struggle with empathy, because they can't actually put themselves in someone else's shoes or modify their behaviour to feel how another person feels - so they become disconnected."
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While growing up with an emotionally immature parent can affect you into your adult life, there are signs to look out for and things you can do to repair the relationship.
Here's what you need to know.
7 signs of an emotionally immature parent.
1. They throw 'tantrums' and won't see reason.
First up, Battley says emotionally immature parents can sometimes act like children who are throwing tantrums.
"It's small things like maybe they haven't been invited to a certain event, which they wouldn't have gone to anyway, but they’ll have a tantrum. And it will be far disproportionate from the event and they won’t see reason."
2. They're defensive.
If you try to bring up something you're not happy with, an emotionally immature parent will become defensive and may even drag up something from the past to shift the conversation.
"They’ll say, ‘well what about when you did this?’ They’ll have a reason for why they’re righting a wrong."
3. They're critical.
Emotionally immature parents can be very critical and often forget that you're an adult, capable of making your own decisions.