This is the first time I have spoken about this to anyone outside my family and partner in the 16 years at least I have felt like this. I am now 28 years old with two beautiful children aged 4 months and 19 months. I have a wonderful and supportive partner but the problem stems from my own mother and stepfather.
Today's arguement with them has left me sobbing from midday until now. Trying to hide my tears from my children, making me feel sick in the stomach and reaffirming my beliefs that you can rely on no own in the world but yourself.
My parents split when I was 12, following my fathers affair. A father I idolised, still do now and have a very positive relationship with. However, I believe my mother still holds great resentment towards him and also does not speak to her two sisters. Her two best friends have stopped spekaing with her since she has been with her partner Julian. Also Juilians own 2 children, who are roughly my own age, have not spoken to him in 7 years. Therfore I am starting to believe the problem may be with them.
Todays row stemed from them phoning me up to say I can now not stay in their house whilst I am having some major work done on my house as they are having some plumbing done. I was supposed to go a week today. I had planned to stay with them for months and they know that there is nowhere else for me and the children to stay. They simply say this is my problem not there's. They know we have already paid a £2,000 deposit on the works. when My partner and I phoned to recify mum said we were making her feel guilty and hung up. When i tried to call back, my stepfather would not allow me to speak to my mother at all. This follws a fantastic week we had when she came to visit. However, Julian has said she came back misrable. However, when we left her at the station yesterday whe was on great form.
However, throughout my whole adult life she has been in and out. We fell out over an unsuitable boyfriend the year before university and when she saw me in a bar on the night I got my exam results they all ignored me. She would not sign my consent forms to go to college until my grandparents had to force her. Also not let me stay at Christmas on holiday breaks.
Despite her lack of help I put myself through college, got a degree and a great job. Fantastic friends and I have always made sure I can do things independently of her. During both of my pregancies we only got talking after my partner mediating only to fall out. I specifically asked that her partner was not called Grandpa they were never together when I was growing up and I believe that is a special title for our natural parents. However, she went against our wishes and still does it. However, she thinks she gave me an idyllic childhood and does not remember all of these things. She belives everyone has wronged her and never takes any responsibilty.
Everything I see a letter or e-mail from her I feel anxious. The huge rows happens a couple of times a year. Leading to us not speking for months. I have weeks afterwards crying for no reason and when thinking back, can only remember bad memories of my childhood with her.
After speaking with my partner about this today I want to sever all contact with her as her negativity is have a detrimental affect on my life and as my children get older I do not want they to see me like this. The only thing I do beleive my mother has taught me is how not to bring up a family.
He belives that is not fair on her as a grand parent but understands my feelings as he sees how upset I get. AS she failed me as a mother I do not want her as a granmother and knwoing she will be in and out of my life, I do not think this is fair on the children. One thing for sure is that I never want anything to do with Julian again. He is a sinister man, he gives off a very bad vibe which lots of people have picked up on.
Sorry for such a long message but I would appreciate advice on how to deal will these negative people or whether I should try and overcome years of bitterness and resentment towards her.
At the moment she is adding no value