DEAR DEIDRE: GROWING up, I was treated like a skivvy by my mum and robbed of my childhood. Now I’m wondering if I’ll ever be able to forgive her.
I’m 24 and she’s 46.
She was a single mum and didn’t cope well. I think she was depressed.
When I was in my teens she began drinking a lot and started going out four or five times a week.
When things started to slip around the house, she treated me like her live-in maid.
Demanding that I did all the cooking, cleaning, and ironing – as soon as I got back in from school.
I wasn’t allowed to see friends or to go to any clubs – the endless chores came first.
She said I owed it to her as she was working and I needed to earn my keep.
Looking back I can’t help but resent her, as I missed out on so much.
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DEIDRE SAYS: What your mother did to you was a form of abuse.
It’s understandable that you are still angry, no child should be forced to stay home to do housework instead of seeing their friends.
While nothing can change what she did, you can work on healing from the hurt she caused you.
My support pack Abused As A Child? will help you to work through your feelings.
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