“I have been talked about and criticized for filling out school forms the children asked for my help with. As I have driven the children from on activity to another and made some suggestions and comments, I was made fun of that I was “too parenty”. Despite being the champion for getting my stepdaughter braces, guitar lessons, and enrollment in drama camp, I have been told by her that I am “the cause of all her suffering” and that she “can not” treat me well because she “hates” me. “………..
I was reading a book the other day. A memoir written by a young woman. It was humorous, alarming, and triumphant in turns.
A passage that struck me though was when she was writing about one of her father’s girlfriends.
The situation was not a positive one. There was much anger, limited resources, and confused energy on all sides.
At one point, according to the writer’s memory, her father’s girlfriend told her (I believe the author was 14 years old or so at the time), that she no longer needed to pay for things for the young woman nor give her any money.
Oh the drama! The pain! Look at the abuse! Look at how she was treated by the girlfriend/pseudo-stepmom. How dare a grown woman tell a young child, such as the author was at this time, that she was unwilling to care for this child financially?
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