Hoarding is a condition that affects many people and causes them to keep a lot of junk, causing a clutter around their lives. People who suffer from this condition are usually not aware of what they are doing and it is people around them who notice that they have a problem. The people who are affected most by this behavior are their families and anyone else who lives with hoarders. Children of hoarders could be the most affected, because they look up to their parents as roles models.
Hoarding around children is very dangerous because most of the time the children of hoarders also become hoarders as they grow older. This is because they do not think that there is anything wrong with it. Their parents will probably encourage them and they could end up being social misfits when they go to the outside world and other people realize that they have a problem. This could mean that they do not end up making any friends and become lonely. Eventually the condition escalates as they turn to hoarding as a source of joy and comfort.
The children of hoarders might have to change their lifestyles to suit that of their parents. Hoarders usually have no space in the house and their children might have to look for some other place to carry out their normal activities or not do them at all, limiting them in a huge way. The children cannot enjoy their homes because there is no space. The parents may also not have enough money to cater to their children’s needs because they are busy thinking of other things that they can add to their hoarding collection. The children’s health may also be at risk as compulsive hoarders usually suffer from headaches, allergies and respiratory problems because of the excessive clutter.
The children might realize that their parents have a problem and this could strain their relationship with their parents, gradually affecting their life in a huge way. The children of obsessive compulsive hoarders might be in constant fights with their parents because they are not on the same thought process when it comes to their hoarding habits. In severe cases, this could result in child neglect where the parents only care about hoarding and since the children do not encourage it they may find it necessary to lock them out of their lives. If they are not careful, their children could end up growing disturbed because they do not have the love they need from their parents while growing up.
There are some cases where the children of hoarders can end up saving their parents from the condition. One of the main reasons for this is the love that is shared between parents and children. The children may point out politely that they parents have a problem and since they love them so much they might be open to reason. Children also have the skill and patience needed to take their parents through the treatment stages to enable them to live a normal life once again.