my teenage daughter blames me for 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. Maybe you can find a psychologist who uses "cognitive therapy" or "interpersonal therapy" and have those couple of sessions. I had asked her to go to New York with me for her Christmas present and two days prior to leaving, she e-mailed me saying "I don't believe I would enjoy New York and have decided not to go." Somehow, your adult child persistently blames you for his or her problems and refuses to accept responsibility for their struggles and issues. I can't fix his problems. My family was so close and nothing could ever break our bond---so I thought. It's mother's day on Sunday. Linda, I'm really sorry you're going through this. We really were a very close family when my sons were growing up. By definition, a relationship must include more than one party. You make choices, she makes choices. Reminded him that he hurt me by that and that i never did such things to my mother or inlaws. 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. It shattered her emotionally. i recognize all 3 signs from my 21year old daughter,she started being verbally abusive to me and its getting worse, she does the gas lighting the manipulation, she pushes me grabs me, never cleans up, pays no board, she works but doesnt offer any i let it go as she has a 3 yr old,she goes out a lot at night.tomorrow im telling her to leave. You will spend hours and hours thinking this is your fault. Their children were not beaten, shamed or in any way abused, THEY are the abusers and narcissists and this problem is more common than many realize. Her reason: I owed her an apology when a phone call prior to departure got out of hand and I hung up. I was told that by my MIL after losing 2 babies. There is no such thing as false hope when it comes to managing how an adult child treats you. What a mess! But then got very upset when I said I would need to protect myself --how could I think she is such a bad person etc etc. We both love each other very much but the constant chaos was too much to bare. and can't move around very well. My dogs have been SUCH a joy and bring me much happiness. Anything after that is a GIFT. Or that as a grown man - he's free to make up his own mind and not be controlled by you? Life just isn't fair. I'm so happy I came across this article. My husband was taking medication and he flirted with my daughter a few times. Her mother told her (not kidding) she "just like d#ck." Life is too short to hurt those we love, and who care for us. I'm pulling for you. It’s.aweful. You remember the better days of their youth and how things were better years ago, so you look past the manipulation and cling to the idea that things will turn around. DON'T mention your pain, disappointments or go into long messages. Most states have very strict laws of physically harming senior citizens, you should receive good advice from your local police. Nobody ever thinks that something like this will happen to them. If that behavior does not stop after you have told him it must stop, the only thing you can do is protect yourself. If one … If I was on the receiving end of such a hurtful situation, I would grieve for a while - how could it be otherwise? I mean everything. The only choice I have is one I don't want to make. So yes, I feel like you are telling a very familiar story. My son knows how badly I've been hurt and he tells me so. I would keep my money in MY account and I would have handled things much differently and would have forced my husband to leave with me. Hang in there. Any advice will be helpful, please and thank you. It will take longer for both of us to die. 3) It's ok that you don't understand how they can act this way, especially given the past grief you experienced (I acknowledge it never goes away)...because good people like YOU can't understand people like THEM because you wouldn't treat someone that way. If it didn't work, that was not my doing, not my choice. shes smashed a glass door in the house broke a statue i had for my 18th birthday its 32 years i had it off my parents, shes told me she will stab me,and smash my face in,im ready to move on without her now . I’m sorry for your pain and proud of your strength and I hope that your grand babies inherit that from you. It's not different with his wife. Yes the son is free to make up his own mind. He hugged me and my dad told me to take my daughter somewhere to take her mind off witnessing my mum nearly hitting me. My practical concern at the moment is my physical safety. All the adult child can do is move forward, but it would be preposterous to say something is undone in the relationship. Ok, I need to know how to go forward after we take off our kick me signs off. Since my daughter is grown, I have had time to reflect on the struggles and joys of being a mom. I have learned so much and I honestly can tell you that I would never give another penny. That can happen to any of us. I took my daughter and got I’m my car. So why? I just wanted to have my sons and daughters (dil because I had no daughters). Sometimes, when teens face challenges they feel unequipped to meet, they disengage. I'm sad that your mom is going through this too. they may even provoke others on purpose, so they can evoke a negative reaction that will reinforce their notion that everyone is mean to them. Of course you are hurting. I'm been crying all week. I love my ex wife with all my heart, as she loves me. Put-downs. I don't think I will ever find her again. I was upset. She is 17 now and still going to counseling. These abusive adults also use their children as pawns. A very happy home. She worked from home. I have 2 sons, the pharmacist and then another who lives in Georgia. I'm just so sad. Feb 21, 2018 #1 When my daughter had her son she didn't cope at all and asked me too help. One day it is fine the next it is not. Stay strong and do what you need to do for YOU. She told me she was going to defy my rules and implied very strongly that if I tried to stop her she would snap and hurt me. I think he needs professional help as he seems a bit manic, which extends beyond his beliefs. I don't like to give up on my family. These behaviors are common in emotionally abusive relationships. She blames me for everything that has gone wrong in her life, especially in the last few years! I'm broken and even the counseling doesn't help. She probably doesn't know this. For now, that is the best way to handle things. 7 Gaslighting Phrases Used to Confuse and Control, How Narcissism Distorts Self-Image via Self-Concept Clarity, Psychology Today © 2021 Sussex Publishers, LLC, Why Some Children Live With a Persistent Fear of Abandonment, Awe: The Instantaneous Way to Feel Good and Relieve Stress, 3 Signs You're Being Emotionally Abused By Your Adult Child, Emotional abuse by son and being used until no longer needed. I wish the best for you. My daughter is 25 y.o., married, with a son and still blames me for everything that goes wrong with her life. I tried to be a good mother, but I sometimes feel that if I had not pandered to her as much as I did she would not have turned out to be so self centered and beleive that the whole world revolves around her and her needs. He was a micro premie 40 years ago and survived. 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. Sometimes the wait is very long as I it's been over 15 years for me now. They don't have amnesia about their failures and behaviors. Most likely they will advise you to get a restraining order. Why, because his wife said three years ago that she is only there because she has nowhere to go. No matter what is said it is always the wrong thing. However, while it is healthy to examine the past, it is possible to dwell on it and use it as an excuse to avoid taking responsibility. Yall are old adults and are blaming your children, none of waht yall complain about sounds like abuse. I'm living in section 8 housing never have I been this low before. I live in fear if being verbally and physically abused. I do take medication, but no pill is going to fix this problem. i bathed, feed and put them to sleep every night. I feel bad because telling someone that they killed their own child is something that never leaves your mind. Mother does this to her husband, she gets the adult children involved, in-turn the adult children side with their and then continue to verbally and physical do it to their father/stepfather. Supported her when she was sad and had no mother or father to depend on. He blames me for everything. I’ll take some of that responsibility by saying to you Linda: I commend you for providing a loving home to your sons and for helping to provide support and love to your grandkids (and their parents). I'm a daughter but while my Mother and I have had a difficult relationship, I don't hate her. 4) During those moments of pain when you feel yourself going down into a dark place...divert your mind, as I have done. 1. Create as much distance as possible. I just want to know what I did wrong. My son said they were going to take the babies to see Santa and he would love to see me go along. My daughter doesn't have the money to move anywhere else, and I don't know what to do. This is only because by birth you are a captive audience. If I say anything...I am a murderer of her sister and she will threaten to leave her mother (who desperately does not want to lose that last family member who hasn't rejected her.) I think it became too much for perhaps you "became too much". It’s too early to say if my daughter will hold me responsible for ­mistakes I haven’t even made yet. She hates living in the state where we live and constantly blames me for everything wrong in her life. My mom tends to take the blame for my sisters outcome after my sister throws a tantrum about having to "adult". They want what they want when they want it. Which I did of cause (my daughter has never wanted for anything) I flew to perth and she could not handle his temper and over hypo activity. That was April 7th this year. If she makes what I would consider to be the wrong choice, that is her right. A huge chaos was created because I privately told my son that the nanny was verbally abusing me for being there to help my son. How can I help my daughter when she blames me for her depression? It continued over and over again. Why Do You Keep Getting Manipulated by Your Adult Child. And, for any adult children who may read this, I am also not saying that your parents are exempt from responsibility for the quality of your relationship with them. Thank you for sharing. I don't understand. Bob is now retired from psychological practice, but still works with people as a counselor.For more information visit:, Athlete Mental Skills Profile (Team Sports). I'm in counseling as I just can't handle this. I have a problem with my grown daughter that is tearing me apart and I don't know what to do! A child with a "poor me" attitude blames everyone else for their unfortunate circumstances. She calls when she wants something acts like a 16 year old, thrives on drama. Blaming myself, even though I know I was a wonderful mother. My 32-year-old daughter has developed the idea that I am responsible for all her failures—not having the job she wanted, not being a sociable person, not being capable to love and to be loved. Find your Joy Linda. I don't know how to make this hurt go away, but I have put distance between us. I have a granddaughter in Georgia that I don't even know. I was devastated of this horrible news. From what you wrote, your daughter has the mindset that, if something goes wrong for her, it must be mother's fault. We now are each other's beneficiary so that they won't get the money so soon. I will tell you that I was smart enough to speak to my ex about our estates and inheritance for our sons. He blames me for everything that has gone wrong, he feels I favour his sisters, he says I have no idea how to handle men (this has some truth as I had two very short, failed marriages). That may mean cutting class, forfeiting assignments, or “forgetting” to study. Period. Don't be surprised if the behavior escalates. I loved her like a daughter. My ex and I both know he is not happy. However, I would console myself with the fact that I had done my best. Please try again. The daughter verbally abuses her. Worst of all, I haven't seen my grandson for four months because I can't be trusted with him. Yes, when I read the 3 signs I knew it was spot on. The majority of parents with these “kick me” signs where these because of the emotional abuse shot at them when their demands are not followed. They distortedly think, "Maybe if I just tried harder or did this instead of that, things would be different.". As it was, I had already decided that text would be the only allowed form, since that way, each side can say what he or she wants without interruption or argument, but that didn't stop the argument and he refused to quit being verbally insulting and abusive. I can't fight that one. I did everything for these girls. Are you unwittingly, or even wittingly (because you just feel so worn down) wearing a "Kick Me" sign, thereby enabling mistreatment? 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. And they RIPPED him away from me. Manipulation. But I think the worst thing to do is "hang on" to your kids. She financially abuses her, (never paid rent for a year until foreclosure,) and is now beginning petty financial abuse of me...she does not pay her bills as agreed, has used my credit card for a spotify account but never pays me back as agreed, uses me for transportation to her job and back but does not pay the agreed 5 dollars for the 40 minute round trip drive, and assumes I buy the groceries and pay her share of her old debts for her past utilities that were in her name. This problem is much more common than many realize and very few good books on the topic, if any. I know how it feels to be told that you killed your own child. 'They use the babies as weapons towards grandparents. It worked until they grew up and got married to girls who didn't want him to be involved with his family. 1. This is not what happened. Seek out friends, support other family/friends that appreciate you, do things that interest you, take a walk in nature. Now I am giving myself the space I need to try and recover. My other son, well he should know better since he is in the medical field. She is facing bankruptcy now. The struggles come in the form of feeling responsible for all that can go wrong. His sister survived for 2 days. 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. His laptop not working, someone not calling him back, (today) he lost his credit card ….. All my doing supposedly. Once I got over the initial pain, I'd mentally send her my blessing, and get on with my life. No matter what I do, my ex will be devasted. Thu 27 Apr 2000 20.21 EDT My daughter, who is 32, has suffered from depression for the past seven years. Such Joy! :(. Her family immediately disowned her. These kids do not like boundaries. She has that right. If you recognize some or any of these behaviors in your relationship with an adult child, don't accept them as "normal." Anyway, I encourage you to seek time with a therapist, as I have done. 6) It's ok to maintain occasional contact with your son because maybe things WILL get better, and someday you hope to resume your relationship with your grandchildren. She had owned a townhouse, that her parents insisted she buy, but that she could not afford. That said, in my over 30 years of coaching parents of adult children to help restore boundaries, improve communication, and gain a much-desired sense of emotional balance, I have seen too many parents of adult children metaphorically wear "Kick Me" signs. I gave them my last dime, and they make lot s and lots of money. His senior year, he is failing and telling me he hates everything about me and will never see me again once he’s gone. My children were never abused. He truly was a miracle. She did, but now everything is still my fault. I've helped them many times. I’ve worked hard to support him, and continue to do so. I have no support. Wow...I read every word that you wrote and not only is your exwife being abused, but so are you. My sister has historically made poor decisions which led to problems that my mom felt obligated to clean up out of guilt. My experience with my adult daughter with borderline personality disorder is very much like what others have described here. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. It’s also incredibly amazing how their friends immediately start donating money and sharing posts. So I find it hard to believe. I have always done everything I could for her but she doesn’t seem to appreciate any of it and recently left home to live with a friend. Whether you realize it or not, it’s very easy to go into a conversation with someone who blames you for everything as either someone who is penitent or who is defensive. LOL... this whole article and the advice in the comments are such bs. One full term with the cord tangled and the other was a twin who lived for 2 days. Perhaps on some level your son does...but his life is full and busy and he has his own family to care for. He cannot be responsible for you. I have to find a way to move on. 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. It's my job to not allow this to happen to me. Interesting question. A whole generation of narcissists. They would tell you that themselves. Ultimately you have to do what is best for you. Though many of them have changed when they married the wrong person. Kids today could care less if they hurt their parents. I can't call the police when nothing has happened. or get something going. We became closer when we lost our babies, but this current situation was too much and it destroyed our family. My son has changed so much. We don't even know our grandaughter. So, we had to protect him. The best thing you can do is detach, see your grandchildren and stay out of it. A narcissistic daughter may have problems getting along with siblings and classmates. Just because you are not being physically harmed doesn’t mean that the abuse isn’t taking its toll. I hate seeing my ex cowering in silence before her daughters abusive tantrums. 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. The mortgage fell deeply into areas, and she lost the townhouse. My exhusband is the one who helps me financially and with doctor appts. I think you are the only person who has acknowledge what I did and what it took for me physically to do this. I think one of the biggest problems between Mothers and daughters is expectations. I am her scapegoat, but yet I refuse to be. She or he brings up how you seemingly treat their siblings better, rips on your spending habits, or criticizes your past choices. You wear size 8.5 because I feel we walk in the same shoes!!!! I'm on one of the biggest "guilt trips" ever!! 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