Amy: Rocky relationship gets worse

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Dear Amy: I am 33 and married with a 4-year-old son. My mother has always been distant and controlling. She shuts down if things don’t go her way. She tries to undermine or sabotage family events to exert her control. She also makes bigoted comments and sometimes drinks to excess. She then plays innocent and claims I am attacking her.

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farmeretteOct. 3, 13 9:04 AM

Leave the companion at home. Don't even ask your stepsons. For heaven's sake, their mother has been gone for less than a year. Even if they are in their forties, they need time to grieve. Trust me; I've been there.

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loop80Oct. 3, 13 4:52 PM

@farmerette - Totally agree with you. Don't do this to your stepsons for the first holiday. By asking them, it puts pressure on them to acquiesce or feel guilty for saying no. Give it a little time. If they were your biological sons, the situation might be a bit different. But, for sure, with stepsons, don't do this.

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