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Who's Responsible for How We're Treated by Family Members?

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I read an interesting comment in "Dear Abby" this morning (I'd include a link, if my newspaper wasn't subscription only online):

 

"When I remarried, the greatest gift my new (and older) husband gave me was defense against my mother. When she made her snarky comments, many I’d heard since early childhood and throughout my first marriage, he would touch her gently on the forearm (she hated being touched) and quietly say, “We don’t talk that way to Ann.” It was a tremendous gift of protection, which my children and I enjoyed for 25 years before his death."

 

On one hand, that was a wonderful way her 2nd husband - "white knight" - was supportive .. but it made me wonder why this woman didn't speak up for herself with her mother; as an adult & when married the 1st time? Why she didn't get therapy, and try to get her mother to participate with her.

 

Have you had to handle difficult family relationships over the years .. how did you handle it?


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