Help! My Mom’s Visits Are Always a Wreck. But This Time Was Different

My mom and I have always had a tenuous relationship. She never agreed with my life choices or lack of religion and I never felt good enough. I tried too hard to win her approval and grew up with a lot of shame that took years and distance to heal. Since moving away, we have enjoyed a fairly cordial relationship that consisted of occasional talks on the phone and a couple of…

This story appeared on, 2023-11-21.
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