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Mother Causing Money Stress

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My mother has been talking bad about me to family members because I sent my son on vacation with two-hundred dollars. He receives income from his deceased father, and she thinks the child should receive half each month. She said he will resent me later. She talks about my now husband, and believes he controls me and has turned me into someone else. She believes my spouse shouldn’t have a say in anything dealing with the children, especially finances, because he’s only a step-dad. I am overwhelmed with anger; I’m to the point where I’d rather have a distant relationship with her. She won’t listen to reason, she believes everyone is wrong and she is right. There’s no talking to her about her behavior. But my anxiety level is too high to keep going through this, help.

Mother Causing Money Stress

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Your instincts are right. It’s time to start distancing yourself from your mother. Her over-controlling nature combined with her lack of flexibility leaves you little choice but to detach. Here is an article about how to detach with love and compassion.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Mother Causing Money Stress

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Mother Causing Money Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from
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