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I Am An Adult Child With a Smother Mother

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    Just Sharing My Story

    I moved to the home when I was a child I felt that I was neglected by my mother, she and my grandma hired maids that abused and neglected me ever since and due to that it caused me emotional damage they replace the maids when they learned that they are doing something bad only to...
    mimeyo mimeyo 22-25, M Oct 8, 2013

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    My mother has spent the last thirty four years

    controlling my life to the point where I literally cannot even go outside without her permission. She will tell you I'm just being sensitive, manipulative, dramatic or crazy but then that states the problem right there. I'm a human being with rights but not where my mother is...
    Rameyalaine Rameyalaine 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    My Smothered Life

    I've always wondered why I cringe every time I'm around my mother for just a couple hours. I've always felt like an evil person for that... able to give anyone else a hug with no problem but to feel sick to my stomach to give my own mother a hug. Well, its been almost one year...
    pica83 pica83 26-30 2 Responses Dec 28, 2011

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    I've realized that it's difficult

    for both the child and the mother to realize their are inefficiencies in the relationship that cause a dependent child on a controlling mother. It wasn't difficult for me because I'm well balanced and have all my issues in check. But I can understand where someone who has been...
    Rameyalaine Rameyalaine 31-35, F Feb 3

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    Old Before My Time

    I don't know if smother mother is what i would call my mum - but as I see myself as my mother's emotional crutch I guess you could say she wears me down. My mum is 68, married 3 times, divorced twice then widowed. I am the oldest of 6 children. I am 48. My mum's childhood was...
    ratchetjaw55 ratchetjaw55 46-50 2 Responses Feb 7, 2011

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    Gasping For Air

    My Mother has strangled me with love for the past 30 years of my life.  And after seeing numerous therapists, I've discovered it is easier to let the suffocating continue than to break away, because to break away would be to devastate her.  I love and hate my Mother...
    abigailrymsha abigailrymsha 26-30 2 Responses Jan 4, 2009

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    I Am An Evil, Ungrateful Child

    My mum was controlling my life for 23 years by grounding me, guilt trips, emotional blackmail, sighs, looks, etc. She hated all my friends (she has bad influence on you). I was not allowed to choose what clothes to buy (you look like a *****/goth/punk). I was not allowed out...
    CassieG CassieG 26-30 10 Responses Feb 28, 2010

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    Adulthood Damage From Having a Smother Mother

           I stand here at age 30, healthy, sane and without shady life activities. I can cook healthy meals, get dressed, go to school, etc. Other parents wouldn't see me as being frail, unhealthy, at risk or worthy of being wrapped in wool. Feelings of...
    smartiecats smartiecats 26-30 69 Responses Jun 14, 2008

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    "Sometimes, I need to be right" Living with my father who is ACoA is a constant doubt about my thoughts, feelings, actions; constant doubt about what is reality. Yesterday, my mom...
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    My mother is immature. When I talk to her about her actions she changes the subject. I have an older and younger brother. My younger brother is rich and my mom babies him (as she...
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    Last night was tumultuous. I can't drive quite yet, and I was going to a cafe to meet up with some of my dearest friends whom I hadn't seen in a very long time. I felt as though I...
    Em518 Em518 13-15, F Sep 6

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    Until now, I have felt completely lost when it comes to understanding certain aspects of my significant other. We are in a committed, long-term relationship, and I love and care...
    nic225 nic225 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 27

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    As it was told to me, when I was around 2-3 yrs old my dad and my mother broke up. She moved to California and originally took me with her. Months later, she called my father and...
    SukYoung SukYoung 26-30, F Aug 31

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    I'm a BPA, which stands for Behavior Personal Assistant. I work with children and adults who have autism, but I work with children more. I enjoy working with these kids and I...
    PeaceBatman PeaceBatman 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    Just gotten that via Robert Holden: "Here's the thing about choosing love in the thick of life, in traffic, when we're tired, when our children scream and leave their shoes behind...
    rtvbvfde rtvbvfde 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    I have no childhood memories my natural mother. I was shipped off to NY when I was infant to love with my aunt and uncle. They are the only parents I know. I met my real mother...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 1

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    She came to visit 6wks after our first child was born. I was having postpartum depression and she proceeded to tell me about all the women my husband dated and she thought each...
    Kid50 Kid50 46-50, F Aug 28

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    rtvbvfde rtvbvfde 26-30, M Aug 30

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    "What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into...
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    My 7 year old daughter is my inspiration.. She has been through so much in her little years but she still is such a fun spirited child to be around.. I can never be as brave and as...
    cherrikisses22 cherrikisses22 22-25 5 Responses Aug 26

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    Actually, I just live with my stepdad. My mom left us for her high school boyfriend who didn't want children and moved to Vegas. He dumped her for younger woman. Serves her...
    JeremyCooper JeremyCooper 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 31

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    Today was Cass's turn. In some ways Cass's problems are obvious - he has all three types of tics that qualify for Tourette's, for example. But in many ways he has hidden problems...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 1 day ago

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    It's not okay to force children to believe in things. I'm not religious, mind you, and I'm personally against religion in general. But if my kids want to grow up believing in...
    Darktooth41 Darktooth41 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 7

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    My mother in law is so uptight,she only calls to my husband on mobile then house phone,she treats my older son different to my other two son's never really bothers with them...And...
    ladybirdkew82 ladybirdkew82 31-35, F Aug 27

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    It was my birthday a few weeks ago. Three days after my birthday,i received a call on am unknown number. I let the call go to voice Mail and it was my birth mother calling to wish...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 4 Responses Aug 29

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    I know two white girls in a mostly non-white town. They're not religious and the one who isn't afraid to say that she is an atheist gets harassed whenever religion comes up. It's...
    LifeDispenser LifeDispenser 31-35, M Sep 7

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    I'm so angry. My mom has this new boyfriend and he comes over often snd they were in the Livingroom and me and my sister were in the kitchen doing out homework at the table. We had...
    TheRouge TheRouge 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    Hi everyone, I really wanted to share this. I can't talk to anyone about this. It all started about a year ago. I used to sniff my mom's dirty underwear. My moms like 34-35yrs...
    boytoy1234 boytoy1234 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    Today she asked me if I thought I needed to see a therapist. I said yes and she reacted by saying, "ha you think you have problems if you go to therapy with people who have REAL...
    FalseAdulation FalseAdulation 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 29

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    I feel like I'm walking on eggshells. She can go between happy/sad/angry in seconds. And the angry part of her is resurfacing more and more often, to the point that she is rarely...
    indigostory indigostory 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Our 20 year old son has an autism spectrum disorder and was recently diagnosed as bipolar 1. I knew right away, at his birth that he was different. Instinctively, I started full...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 2

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    acsalbright acsalbright 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    rtvbvfde rtvbvfde 26-30, M Aug 30

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    Where there is no love, put love and you will find love. - St John of Cross
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    yes you have to be strong for two. except for the days you are totally hopeless. then you have to be strong for four.
    rtvbvfde rtvbvfde 26-30, M Sep 14

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    ...and then there are really bad days. and no help, and no support, and all you read is stories where nothing became better. and your own anger is bigger than your love. and you...
    rtvbvfde rtvbvfde 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    nonatheisrgroupie nonatheisrgroupie 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    Memes: an internet atheists best friend. :P
    Tuva Tuva 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 10

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    Em518 Em518 13-15, F