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Would this piss you off or am i being a bit princess'ey

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Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:30:10

Its half term and we had arranged to go for lunch with my mother. Its just DD and I and this was a cheap mid week treat as the half term has been spend doing a lot of chores/ things that needed doing.

Mum was meant to pick us up at 12:30... we went out earlier to get a few errands done so we would be back in time. At 11am she calls to say she doesnt want to come anymore that shes busy in the garden and would we mind if she didnt. DD is 7 and had been really looking forward to it she visibly sank and i said we would still go but DD said it wasnt the same and kept saying how sad she was about it.

Off we went. just got out food and mum called again to say if we waited an hour she could come. It was already 12:45 at this point and we were at the table already but said we would pick up some cake and bring it round to eat with her and she said that would be nice.

we get to hers and theres no answer. Rang the doorbell several times, knocked on the back gate, shouted... nothing. Didnt have my phone on me . left her cake in the porch. DD was more upset and i was cross.

Got home and then had calls from her asking where we were..... she said she was there the whole time. rather than saying sorry she blamed me... said it was pathetic that DD was upset... how its my fault shes in her garden as last year she had helped me move house how out or order i am... etc etc......

so - verdict?

Mumofalittlegirl Wed 30-Oct-13 16:31:55

I'd be cross and I'd be ignoring her until I'd calmed down.

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:34:40

apparently i need to get a grip. Shes off work this week... she agreed to lunch i said if she didnt want to come she should have said before hand.
She was meant to be having DD for me for 40 mins tomorrow so i could go see a solicitor regarding ex husband being abusive. She said she was already put out by doing that and the wondered why i got upset and told her to stick it.

Mumofalittlegirl Wed 30-Oct-13 16:35:26

I'd ask your daughter whether she wants to see her nan tomorrow. I know mine wouldn't if she did that.

baskingseals Wed 30-Oct-13 16:35:29

Definitely her problem and not yours. Minimising the effect on your dd I feel is particularly low.


baskingseals Wed 30-Oct-13 16:37:00

Good for you for telling her.
Annoying about dd tomorrow though, have you got any other options?

brettgirl2 Wed 30-Oct-13 16:37:31

Is she ok? Does she normally behave this way, if it was my mum I would be worried tbh.....

Handbagsonnhold Wed 30-Oct-13 16:38:23

You'd made arrangements for's upsetting that she cancelled and then I'd imagine irritating that she's decided to join you but you are already there. She should be grateful you left the cake at all! I'd be a bit miffed....I get a similar thing with my parents find it annoying....

curlew Wed 30-Oct-13 16:39:42

Is this normal behaviour for her? Because if it isn't, I would be worried rather than pissed off.....

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:41:28

i told her it was a bit shitty...
it didnt go down well and now ww3 has kicked off.

i dont really have anyone who can have DD tomorrow. im a bit screwed tbh. Its an appt via womens aid so im lucky to have to have got it. But fear im now going to have to cancel.

prissyenglisharriviste Wed 30-Oct-13 16:41:46

Sure - she didn't hear you and you and dd are upset. It would probably have been more appropriate to laugh about it and wonder if she needed her hearing checked (and make a mental note to take your phone with you next time - I thought she had called you on it?) but sometimes our emotions get the better of us.

But the pair of you arguing over it all and upsetting yourselves and your dd further is a bit pointless.

Just walk away and calm down. It sounds as though you've had a rough time, and don't need to create any more drama.

BalloonSlayer Wed 30-Oct-13 16:42:41

YANBU she sounds awful.

How come you didn't have your phone with you though when you had it in the restaurant? BTW I wouldn't blame you if you'd thought "I've rung the doorbell, shouted, and banged on the gate, sod it, I'm not phoning"

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:43:13

i told her it was shitty in response to her saying i was trying to make her feel guilty that DD was upset. I said i wasnt.. and that the guilt was hers as it was a bit of a shitty thing to do. she responded by telling me it was ridiclous/pathetic that DD felt upset at being let down at the last min.

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:44:42

it had ran out of credit. i couldnt call out but could accept incoming calls.
sorry, should have said that instead.

mrsjay Wed 30-Oct-13 16:44:48

YANBU my mum is like this and used to make promises to dds and always backed out it is hurtful and makes you feel like you are a bother mum now sees dd1 loads as she phones to drive her shopping makes me cross that dd does it but i dont say anything , I hope your dd is ok it is horrible to be letdown

fieldfare Wed 30-Oct-13 16:44:48

If your dd is 7 can she come to the appt with you but sit outside the office with a few sweeties and a ds?
Your mum is out of order and I'd not be accepting a favour from her.

Andro Wed 30-Oct-13 16:55:59

she responded by telling me it was ridiclous/pathetic that DD felt upset at being let down at the last min.

So she would prefer your DD to have so little emotional connection to her/anyone that a last minute letdown is meaningless? That's a recipe for attachment issues right there!

Lots of hugs for your DD and an explanation that not everyone behaves the way we would like, it's not nice but we have to move forward.

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:56:34

its a 30 min appt. i shall call in the morning and ask if its ok. 30 mins is a long time sat in a solicitors on your own at 7 and im not sure of the appropiateness of it.

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:59:26

DD is ok. we had a nice time. Her pet died recently and her fathers ramped up the abuse which i have copped... but which she did know about so the let down is maybe more of an issue than it might be normally.

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 30-Oct-13 16:59:53

That would piss me right off. And I wouldn't be able to see why she felt that the two of you ought to be bickering about how a third person is feeling confused.

I was going to make fieldfare's suggestion. I'm sure it's within the job description of a solicitor's receptionist to ensure that a child sitting with a book doesn't get up and wander out the door.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Wed 30-Oct-13 17:01:24

I would imagine that a WA place will be used to having mothers take children in on their own.

DontPanicMrMannering Wed 30-Oct-13 17:01:41

I'd take her rather than cancel 30m is really not very long, I've entertained my 4 year old in the hairdressers for an hour on the ipad.

Take her a book / colouring / cartoons on a phone if you have one I'm sure a solicitor used by women's aid will be used to stray children in reception.

Leopardprintsock Wed 30-Oct-13 17:05:53

ill take her then... ill call and check first. Besides its not far from iceland and i can pop in for a cheeky hamwich. havent had one for years, guilty pleasure.

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Wed 30-Oct-13 17:09:45

I'd be really worried about my mum if she acted like that. Is your mum usually unpredictable and poorly organised?

pictish Wed 30-Oct-13 17:26:16

OP - my mother was a lovely woman and a great mum, but one fault she did possess, is that she could never admit to being wrong or hack critisism, even if quite mild and justified.

If I ever told her something she had done or said had upset/annoyed/offended me, she would swiftly turn it round to my being too sensitive, and would accuse me of being 'volatile', even if I was quite calm in doing so, and dismiss any further discussion on the subject. It would leave me feeling stupid and small.

She died eight years ago, but were she alive today, I'd be having none of her deflection tactics. I haven't inherited that personality trait and now know it to be manipulative.

She dicked you around, yes...but you might have checked the garden, I think. I don't hear the door when I'm in ours.
Her reaction seems disproportionate though. Does she usually assume the higher ground, and get nasty like that?

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