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  1. thumpersfriend

    thumpersfriend DIS Veteran

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    My adult daughter who is 36, divorced was so nasty to me this past week-end and really took the wind out of my sails. I have been crying and can't seem to get past it yet. She sent me flowers and apologized but I am still upset.

    It started when we were visiting for a few days and I was making coffee for morning and she wanted me to do it differently and said if I couldn't do it the way she wanted we could go stay with my son and dil instead. I was shocked and the next day I couldn't stop crying. She could tell I was upset but then she had to tell me the things about me that drive her crazy. Says I interrupt and ask too many questions, or ask stupid questions. Also says that I try to one up her when there are get togethers and bring a dish to pass. I now am afraid to say anything to her and have it be the wrong thing. Anyone have this type of experience and have any words of wisdom, I am 63 years old and usually fairly well liked and respected.

    I did ask her if anything new was going on in her life and she said no and not to make this about her. We usually werevery close.
     
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  3. SLP958

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    Sometimes when my mom visits I feel like she is trying to take over my house. She is in the kitchen, asking why I bought this or don't have that. Many things we do she believes she has a better way.

    We get along well in short bursts and over the phone. I have had to make it a point to let her know when she is at our house we have certain rules and ways to do things. (Mostly about the kids)

    Maybe this is similar to the way you daughter is feeling. It does not mean she does not enjoy your company or want you to visit.

    She probably reacted more severely than she wanted and feels awful.
     
  4. fall08CP

    fall08CP Cheesehead

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    So sorry :grouphug:

    I was at a training yesterday about family communication and relationships with our parents. We had to rank out mothers on the following scale:
    1)I want to be with my mother all the time
    2)I want to hear my mother's opinion
    3)I enjoy getting advice from my mother but rarely follow it
    4)I enjoy spending time with my mother but wish she wouldn't offer her opinion
    5)I don't want a relationship with my mother

    Every single person (~20) except me picked #4. We talked out the reasoning behind their feelings and it brought out fantastic discussion and they all agreed that they'd like to be at #2 or #3. We brainstormed ideas on how to get there.

    I'm no expert, but maybe asking her how she'd like you to be involved in her life would help? I don't know your backstory, but for me and my mother, we get along better over the phone and when I live out of state. It makes our together time more special and we don't step on each others' toes.

    Anyways, hugs! Hope it gets better and you can have peace
     
  5. thumpersfriend

    thumpersfriend DIS Veteran

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    Thank you, that is one way to look at it. At this time I really don't want to stay with her anymore when we go downstate. Just worried I will say the wrong thing and upset her. Guess time will heal.
     
  6. donaldlovesdaisy

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    This is exactly how I feel about my mom sometimes and as well meaning as she sometimes she forgets about boundaries especially when it comes to the kids. It doesn't mean I don't love her and I do enjoy spending time with her. OP I am sorry your feelings are hurt and I am sure your daughter feels badly about this just give it sometime and this will be but a faded memory. Maybe you should just call her to chat about anything and everything but this!!:grouphug:
     
  7. dakcp2001

    dakcp2001 <font color=darkorchid>Am I wrong to want a cashie

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    Next time stay at a hotel. We all get a little crabby sometimes. Sounds like you might be WAY over thinking it. Maybe she was tired, maybe she didn't feel well, maybe a million other things.
     
  8. Scurvy

    Scurvy Kungaloosh!

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    That sounds so familiar! Sometimes when my mother has been visiting for a few days I start getting really irritated by silly little things. She will try to help in the kitchen and she will do things differently than I do them and it will drive me nuts. We usually get along really well but there are times when we argue, and it's usually after one of us has been visiting the other. OP, it sounds like your daughter was stressed and some insignificant things just piled up and caused her to hit her breaking point. If this doesn't normally happen, you should try not to take it personally.
     
  9. Chim Chiminy

    Chim Chiminy <font color=darkorchid>Only problem is stale marsh

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    I feel like this with my mom too. We had a sit down talk with my parents about our house rules and how we do things, but they don't comply. And it makes visits difficult. There are other factors also, but the end result is always that my mom's feelings get hurt, she says they will no longer visit or she will refuse to talk on the phone for a period of time, she tells other family members they are cutting us out of their lives, etc. It always results in unnecessary drama.
    And I wind up apologizing.

    I think it is hard for them to realize or accept that we are grown ups, have our own families and our own way of raising our kids...which is vastly different from how they did it
     
  10. Duzzygirl

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    Saying you'd go to your son and DIL's probably didn't help matters. I'd laugh if my Mom said it to me, but if my husband's Dad or Mom would say something like that to him ... Get out of the way. It's like you're putting them against each other. Doesn't go over well at any age, I think.

    Not to be ignorant, but what makes you think your son will approve of every way you do things? Heck, doing it your way may upset his wife. lol

    Sometimes we just have to accept that we are all different. It's what makes the world go round.

    She has become her own person in her own home. She knows she upset you. She apologized. Accept it.
     
  11. Wishing on a star

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    If this situation is true as posted, I have to really feel for the poor daughter.
     
  12. Becky2005

    Becky2005 <font color=darkorchid>I actually thought they mad

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    I think you misread the OP -- I read it as your daughter said that to HER. Not that she said it to her daughter. So basically the daughter told her "if you can't do it right, just go stay with my brother" -- something along those lines.
     
  13. crashbb

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    I didn't read it that way. I read it that her daugther said that - basically "unless you can make coffee the way I want you to, you'll have to stay with my brother next time".

    You could be right in your interpretation though.
     
  14. kirstenb1

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    Great advice!! I'm good with guests for about 2 nights. FWIW, we always book a hotel when visiting out of town. Everyone gets a little space. OP, hopefully your dd was just having a bad day, and unfortunately took it out on you.
     
  15. cluvsdisney

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    It was the other way around...the daughter told the OP to stay at her brothers if the OP didn't do things the way her daughter wanted them done.

    I am sorry your daughter upset you so much. My mother drives me right up the wall but I would never in a million years seriously tell my mother to stay someplace else over making coffee or list of all my grievances to her, especially if she was already upset. I will address certain issues when needed but to sit her down and say "I don't like x, y and z about you" will never happen.

    I would give it some time to let the hurt pass a little and talk to her about what happened over the visit and get to the bottom of it. If you ordinarily have a close relationship, you should hopefully be able to work this out. :hug:
     
  16. MakiraMarlena

    MakiraMarlena It's a big black fish to you

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    She had a bit of a hissy fit. It happens. Maybe don't ask her so many questions, or let her do things in her own house. Give it some time to calm down but I don't see why you would need to avoid her. She's apologized.

    As for the one-upmanship with the dishes at potlucks, don't get that. Does she think you make better food just to show her up? That's sort of weird. Just bring whatever you'd bring to those anyway.
     
  17. Scurvy

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    I think you are right. I bet the daughter took the fact that her mother wasn't making the coffee her way as a criticism of the way she does things, and she was really trying to say "If you don't like my way, why don't you go stay with them since they probably do it the right way and you'll be happier there!"
     
  18. brockash

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    This is me as well. I love my mom to death, but she can be and usually is very overbearing and almost doesn't see a need for boundaries. I appreciate everything she's done for my sisters and I, because she was and is a great mom, but she wants to be involved in everything and has a need to be needed, which I get, but it can still get to be just too much at times. We also, seem to have a better relationship when I live out of state.
     
  19. disykat

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    I think you guys just need a break. How often do you come and how long do you stay? I think staying with other family members some of your trips makes sense. I'm guessing your dd is going to need space before being able to talk to you without being accusatory.
     
  20. Pea-n-Me

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    I'm sorry you're so upset, thumpersfriend. :hug: Don't let her criticisms of you shake your confidence. Moms and daughters can push eachother's buttons sometimes, you know? Sounds like she's got something going on herself if this is out of the norm for her. Maybe you need some time apart?
     
  21. thumpersfriend

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    We go down to visit about every 6 weeks to see our kids and granddaughter. My son has a very small house and my daughter has much more room. Actually we bought the house when she short saled her home so she had a decent place to go. I NEVER would mention this to her so that is not in the equation.

    But I think maybe we should rethink going down, it is only 2 hours away and really not necessary, But not bragging, as far as moms go I am pretty darn good. My daughter has a sharp tongue at times but it just rolls off my back but this one really broke my heart for some reason. I feel like it will never be the same again.
     

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