could be considered a 'red flag'
An Australian psychologist is warning parents of children who act "mature for their age" that it can be a red flag for excess pressures at home.
Dr Briony Leo, psychologist and Head of Coaching at relationship self-care app Relish, told Daily Mail Australia a number of factors can lead to high maturity levels in children, including personality traits and birth order.
For example, the eldest child will often feel a sense of responsibility for their younger siblings.
But she adds this can lead to a child feeling the weight of "excessive responsibility" in scenarios later in life.
In extreme cases, she says children can become 'parentified' if adults in their lives are not able to cope with their responsibilities due to mental or physical illness, addiction or personality issues.