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I dedicated my whole life to my kids — then, my son abandoned me
Sheri McGregor, as told to Ashley Edwards Walker
November 10, 2017
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I am estranged from my daughter so this story is quite familiar to me. Actually, there are three sides to every story; your side, their side, and the truth. None of us are perfect and often people get offended when no offense was meant. We are human and need to cut each other breaks. I've been estranged from my daughter for some time now. I know how the author feels. I have done everything I know how to do to patch things up, but she wants to be angry for some reason and I cannot take being abused anymore. It's been very hard, but at some point, you have to let go.
I didn’t get it. Why would any kids stay away from normal loving parents unless the kids have their own issues?
To be fair, I would like to hear the sons side of the story. I am estranged from my mom but it is brcause I just couldn’t do anything right or fast enough for her, but she tells a whole different story to my sister.
The fact that the opening statement begins with 'I dedicated' says it all.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article since I have lived the same experience. I can relate to so much and can hardly believe the similarities. My husband and I used to say about our son who we are now estranged from, “he is so wonderful if all the other kids could be like him” until he met his now wife, who turned our family upside down. It happens and its really tragic.
Your children are not obligated to respect you just because you gave birth to them. Respect goes both ways, it is earned by both parties.
Adult children are not obligated to stand there and let their parents walk over them just because "She is his mother!".
When we told my MIL that she needed to call before just stopping by the house unannounced and she responded to my husband, "I am your mother, don't ever talk to me that way again." Was my husband supposed to apologize and allow her to cross simple boundaries that we expect of all our friends and family?
it seems obvious to me that those who are questioning the story have no grown children or are those grown children who have done this to their parents or want to and are defending their own lack of respect for their parents.
those who do understand the story have probably experienced this from their own children.
I agree with the author. Move on and stop feeling guilty.
ironically, this same woman wrote a book 10 years ago called "The Kid Turned Out Fine: Moms Fess Up About Cartoons, Candy, And What It Really Takes to Be a Good Parent". So did he turn out fine Sheri or not? Or are you just using your kids and their privacy to make yourself feel important and make money.
That is a shame, but you had a husband and other kids. I have no husband and all my children (3) one by one over the years have abandoned me. I moved to GA to be closer to a daughter who said she was moving there. Then after I moved things changed and she didnt move. Now I have no (barely) contact with any of my children. I now live on the other side of the country from my kids and since I amnow retired can't move again. So no birthdays or Holidays with family at all. So now I dont celebrate at all.
reading this really helped me thank you for sharing this
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