First post . I'm not quite there yet but I can see it becoming a reality one day. Mine are older teens and I'm in my mid 50s. Single parented and loved and nurtured them when their dad vanished with his GF.
In the past few years I've been through three deaths in immediate family, continuous neighbour harassment and some shocking betrayals in my life. Yes I may have cried a lot or seem like "the victim " and yes I am on at my daughter to get off her phone and study ...but as time goes on they are both increasingly 'stone-walling' me. Several times over the past few years they've been abroad with their dad and left not on talking terms with me for petty reasons like being told off for ... normal things to be told off about!
My ex mother in law spent an hour last year spewing toxic rubbish about me to my daughter, and whilst she originally sided with me , I feel it's changed the genetics of our relationship.
I'm probably not being clear but I get the distinct impression that regular Stony silences will one day become permanent.
I'm mentally fragile, my children were my reason for existence.
Do you think there's a way of preventing estrangement? Is there something you think might have helped at the time when things were deteriorating
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