Let’s look at some of the steps you will have to take. I confess that I was part of the problem when she was growing up, as her father and I had difficulties in the marriage, which have all surfaced in recent years. My best friend called every night and listened to me cry for hours so I could finally fall asleep. What if he gets sick and can't work and has no healthcare? Her mother told her (not kidding) she "just like d#ck." I have 2 sons, the pharmacist and then another who lives in Georgia. I'm living in section 8 housing never have I been this low before. they probably resent you. @ Dr. Bernstein—just wondering if you responded to Linda privately (I didn’t see anything publicly, which is understandable). I'm getting sucked into the abuse, and am going to put my foot down. Maybe you can find a psychologist who uses "cognitive therapy" or "interpersonal therapy" and have those couple of sessions. My ex and I both know he is not happy. Spousal is never good for anyone! All rights reserved. So, we had to protect him. 1. So true. Dear Linda, I am so sorry for your pain. Period. It shattered her emotionally. So here we sit, in another townhouse...and the daughter does not pay her bills properly, assumes I am going to cover her debts, yells at her mother, calls her very derogatory names, shames her mother in front of me, gets drunk OFTEN and is even worse then, but I cannot say or do anything. He was a micro premie 40 years ago and survived. Yes, I believe physical and emotional abuse are real issues ; but if you are “self isolating” from your parents and not confronting your issues with a legitimate, responsible , ethical psychiatrist and therapists ; then you are just wasting your time and frankly “abusing your abusers” now. I told her I was not comfortable paying for an almost 30 year old daughter to live, and that she must pay rent, (350,) because she is working, but that I was concerned because she had not paid my ex any rent as agreed. Dismissive. This was after 1.5 years of having regular "Grammy Days" with him. Hang in there. They were happy kids with 2 parents that got along very well. However, I would console myself with the fact that I had done my best. ), play a stress-free game on your Iphone (has helped me lots. Dr. Rich is also a writer and a "mudsmith". No matter what is said it is always the wrong thing. Your exwife doesn't realize that yet. Suppose tomorrow I am told that I've only got a few months to live. Maybe your daughter says, “You never do anything for me!” as you’re en route to the store to buy her more soccer equipment. She blames me for everything that has gone wrong in her life, especially in the last few years! What's does parental responsibility look like? Struggling adult children with distorted views who live at home may use whatever manipulation tactics they can muster to make parents feel they "owe" them and so must indefinitely support them. Most all of her hostility is towards me. I would never treated my Mother the way mine are treating me. I have come to terms that he has to handle the problems with his wife. It took great strength to go visit my one year old twin grandchildren, but I did it. And yes, stop wearing the sign on our heads that says "kick me'. It might not be you. Get the help you need from a therapist near you–a FREE service from Psychology Today. This is why, when I feel tension with a person who is close to me, I imagine that someone else is in my situation, and asks me what to do. My exhusband is the one who helps me financially and with doctor appts. We all have such "core beliefs" that develop in childhood and are useful at that time to make sense of the child's world, but later can distort reality. Stay strong and do what you need to do for YOU. The mother-daughter relationship, good or bad, is a reflection on two generations not just one. I did the 4 to 11pm shift. Nobody ever thinks that something like this will happen to them. Thank you for sharing. Yall are adults and are 20 to 30 years older than your children, you parents set up and create a dynamic, YOU SET UP THE DYNAMIC. I don't think I will ever find her again. He cannot be responsible for you. Her father died in 2004 and since then it has become even more of a downhill struggle - for blame! Mother blaming is in all of the books, it simply isn't fair to place all the blame on Mom for a poor relationship with her daughter. I pray every night for God to take me home so that I won't hurt anymore. Article hit the nail on the head in our case. I'm pulling for you. Things usually look clearer when I remove my personal involvement. I can't do this anymore. One full term with the cord tangled and the other was a twin who lived for 2 days. :(. We have no choice but to wake up every day and hope things will change. It's not different with his wife. So the threat is hanging there with, at the same time, the accusation that if I try to do anything about it I am maligning her and screwing her up more. Good question, and no easy answer. I'm so thankful I was told to read this! I bought her some Clinique products and another cleanser to help with the acne and they made it worse. I was a friend to my DIL, and I did whatever I could to help the young couple...babysit, shop for the baby (fun for me too! You must put your foot down. I am getting out, with my ex if she wants to come, but want to do so without my ex being devastated yet again by another family member rejecting her. That may mean cutting class, forfeiting assignments, or “forgetting” to study. I really do try to do everything to show my sons that they are loved. Her reason: I owed her an apology when a phone call prior to departure got out of hand and I hung up. They took my money and my exhusbands money and they have no care in the world as far as returning it. Then, the second one is a loving, forgiving letter in which you apologize from the heart for all the past hurts you have caused her, and extend your unconditional love to her, regardless of what hurts she has done to you. Is Your Adult Child Emotionally Draining You? Did you force them to do things that you thought were good? Reminded him that he hurt me by that and that i never did such things to my mother or inlaws. I've been walking everyplace I go now. My daughter lost her job and had to move in with us. So I find it hard to believe. Admittedly, I’ve had three daughters who, over the years, have heard me say most of these undermining statements in frustration. session he dumped a whole lot of anger and hatred on my wife and me. This problem is much more common than many realize and very few good books on the topic, if any. The daughter verbally abuses her. Hang in there. A horrible and painful situation . Believe me, there was lot's of motherly talking and encouragement in there as well to keep him from bullying his younger brother on a daily basis. Anyway, I encourage you to seek time with a therapist, as I have done. Not me, and I had a horrible childhood and made sure I did everything different. I go see my grandbabies when she is not home or my son brings them to me. So, if your cousin Bev had this problem with her daughter, how would you advise her to handle it? Although I do worry about the threats of suicide and self-harm, I have come to believe I should resist them and I think I can do that (at least until she actually does something). Sure can relate to these parents! Watch a Hallmark movie (no stress! My other son has Factor V, Jak 2 mutation and now pv. Another thing many of my clients find very helpful is to write a letter. I never got over that. Even from balloons we send up to 20-25 miles its flat, after that we must trust the word of men who are sworn liars, and whose claims are easily shown as fakes. Travel tickets, show tickets, and hotel had all been booked. She is 17 now and still going to counseling. What do I do? All the adult child can do is move forward, but it would be preposterous to say something is undone in the relationship. Then one of her daughters trapped her. Or that as a grown man - he's free to make up his own mind and not be controlled by you? Supported her when she was sad and had no mother or father to depend on. I loved her like a daughter. I paid for her counseling for 2 years and went with her to have her air her feelings. What is "everything?" As the mother of an adult daughter who is verbally abusive, re-writes history, cannot support herself, blames everyone else for her ongoing bad decisions, trust me, you have no idea, what this is like. What do I do? 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