I Feel Obligated to Help My Unstable Parents

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    I Don't Know Why.

    I have an inner feeling which tells me for reasons of my sanity I should just cut my parents out of my life - especially my mother, who is completely unstable.  But for years I've kept getting drawn in to trying to help them instead - which only ever backfires into me...
    rockyj rockyj
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 30, 2008

    Not Unstable

    My parents aren't unstable, but they aren't handicap either, the reason I stay is because most of my mother's children have an attitude that portrays them as unloving, and I feel obligated to prove she didn't raise ****** up kids.  To prove that she was a good...
    breezybumblebee breezybumblebee
    26-30, F
    Dec 7, 2009

    Cannot Cut The Cord Out Of Guilt

    I am unable to break free from my needy mother. Now she is in a financial hole, not all of her own fault, but much is. She has been unpleasant to me, my hard working spouse and my children for years all the time thinking she was right...once again my Christmas gets ruined because...
    alexandrakl alexandrakl
    5 Responses Dec 26, 2010

    Thankless Jobs

    I come from a screwed up family, where even the most benign situations get turned into a giant mess, yet still we (my siblings and I) keep getting drug back in out of guilt, a sense of obligation to "be a good little boy/girl" and take care of our parent/grandparent. I'm not...
    rtpbbcub rtpbbcub
    26-30, M
    Feb 16, 2011
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