I don't know what to do with myself Nameless Ghoul 2 kids; Sweden 6452 posts
Aug 17th '13

I've just felt so stressed, upset, and down on myself all day.

Ever since I became a single mom, my family has been putting so much pressure and criticism on me, like I'm expected to be a perfect super mom with perfect kids. Every time I visit them all they ever seem to say is "Catherine needs to be talking. Catherine needs to be potty trained. You need to spank her, that's why she throws tantrums. She's never going to behave if you don't." And no matter what I say, it's just dismissed or responded with "you don't know what you're talking about or else she wouldn't be doing that". I used to be able to vent to my dad, just harmless vents, he'd listen and we'd end up having a laugh or talk about how hard it can be as a parent sometimes. Now he says "You're not allowed to be overwhelmed or stressed. That's what you signed up for."

I'm at the point where I don't even want to go down and see them, but I have to because my family's is helping me out right now. I just wish this next year and a half would fly by so I could have my degree, get a good job, and not need to rely on anyone else. I just want to move away where I'm not always being bitched at and told I'm not doing something right...