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AIBU at her putting me down

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Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 16:51:30

So bit of a rant but bit of AIBU.

Bit of background. So my mum has always been a bit opinionated to me and Dsis. Can be a bit overpowering and can be a bit full of herself. Even though she claims she's shy and what not. She came round mine earlier to drop something off. I had a handyman round fixing something. We were chatting about work and he mentioned he knew of my dad as they are in the same line of work. When my mum turned up i mentioned this and we were all chatting. Now this is the bit that annoyed me. She was saying people doing "pen pushing" were dull,boring and no sense of humour. She knows I have an office job so felt this was a bit of a dig at me. I just said hey in a light hearted way and she said "Well you are boring". Didn't want to say anything in front of this handyman and by the time they stopped talking I let it go. But AIBU to be annoyed she said That? She doesn't even work so she has no room to talk! It's like she changes into a different person in front of other people and feels like she has to impress or she will put me or someone else down. Mainly me if I'm there. Why as a parent would you want to make your child look stupid. I wouldn't do that to my DS!

Aquamarine1029 Thu 21-Sep-17 17:08:06

What your mother said was cruel and totally unacceptable. Does she often get pleasure from humiliating you in front of other people?

LostwithSawyer Thu 21-Sep-17 17:13:10

The only person she has put down is herself.I bet the guy left thinking what a charming mother you have.

Coffeeandcherrypie Thu 21-Sep-17 17:22:10

Hmm, probably a bit of jealousy on her part?

Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 17:30:33

aqua unfortunately yes she does I think. I even had to tell her once to be on her best behaviour when she first met one of my exes. Her usual is to say I'm lazy, messy etc. Far from I'm a single parent with a young toddler. Just not up to her OCD standards.

Thanks lost she was a bit rude to him too and cut him off because she had a parcel delivered for my Dsis and was flapping that she thought she would have a go at her for not being at home!

Jealously? Do you think coffee?

Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 17:30:46

Message withdrawn - duplicate post.

Gottagetmoving Thu 21-Sep-17 17:38:19

Families must be so different!
We think nothing of saying things like that to each other. My daughter will comment that I am bossy...I tell her she is messy(she is!) And other things too...
We know what love each other, we are very close and can be really honest with each other. You have made me think though,...perhaps I should ask her if she really does mind me saying she is messy...

Aquamarine1029 Thu 21-Sep-17 17:39:36

I think there most definitely is a huge jealousy aspect to this. She's jealous of your independence and perhaps is resentful of the way her life has turned out. And so because misery loves company, she takes it out on you through deriding you in front of other people.

Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 18:17:22

gotta I wouldn't mind on my own or in front of my dad/Dsis/BIL but to say it in front of a stranger or a group of people I don't really like it as I feel she knows what she's doing.

aqua maybe. She's always claimed not to like working. But I'm proud of my job and when I'm alone she will say it's a good job. So don't know why she feels the need to put my down in front of other people. Maybe she's secretly jealous like you've said.

Gottagetmoving Thu 21-Sep-17 20:13:37

to say it in front of a stranger or a group of people I don't really like it as I feel she knows what she's doing

She is trying to belittle you. I doubt very much the other person would take notice of think kindly of her. Try to look at it as she is showing herself up...because that's what she IS doing.
It sounds more like she thinks your job is not good enough for you?
If you can't think of a put down response back, then ignore it because it makes her look bad....not you.

Knittedfairy Thu 21-Sep-17 20:23:56

She is definitely trying to belittle you. I suggest you stand in front of a mirror and practise until you have perfected the most withering look you can manage.. and then turn it on full-blast next time she does it. And walk away. Remarks like that say far more about her than you. And, when was the last time you 'pushed a pen' anyway?

Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 22:01:15

gotta well my profession is perceived as stereotype boring but she knows me and when she said to me "well you are boring" she was being personal. I'm not that witty so probably best to walk away.

Thanks knitted but I really don't think she would care if I gave her any look.

I don't think she would treat my Dsis this way. I mean she was flapping when she thought my Dsis was ringing her about the parcel because she was at home. Surely you treat your children differently though

Chocolatteandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 22:28:42

*Because she wasn't at home

DingDongDenny Fri 22-Sep-17 00:21:47

My mum kind of does this - it's like she is showing off to other people. It feels really childish

The other thing she does is when we are out, say for lunch, she looks around to see if there is anyone else she can strike up a conversation with as if my company isn't enough

It used to bother me - doesn't any more. She just makes herself look a bit stupid and I guess I have emotionally withdrawn a bit, sort of like it's a duty visit sometimes

SouthWindsWesterly Fri 22-Sep-17 00:48:27

I can guarantee you that he probably had a a higher opinion of you than your mum when he left the house.

Bimbop5 Fri 22-Sep-17 04:25:03

My Dad does this to me as well. I find it really bizarre to insult your child in front of people. Clearly, she was the one that ended up looking like an ass, but I know in the moment how humiliating it can be. I chalk it up to my Dad being ignorant and socially awkward. But this doesn't excuse him or your Mom. Sometimes when my Dad is like this I totally ignore him and walk away. Then he's just left standing with his rude statement and ends up looking stupid.

I feel your pain and I don't understand their actions either!

KimmySchmidt1 Fri 22-Sep-17 06:21:24

Sounds like a classic case of insecure stay at home mum. All she has is her tidiness, she gets no external validation, and she probably also feels that in getting an office job aether than manual labour you have traded up the social economic ladder to a better job. She may have been trying to ingratiate herself with the tradesman by making fun of your 'posh' in her mind job.

Given how rude she is, can't you just tell her to get a job?

Motoko Fri 22-Sep-17 08:36:05

You could have replied, "At least I have a job." But I know it's always easier to think of replies after the event. Perhaps have a think about the sort of things she puts you down with and think of some replies, so you've got one handy next time she does it.

But as others have said, it showed her up for the person she is. The handyman probably went away thinking what a bitchy thing it was to do to your own child.

Chocolatteandbiscuits Fri 22-Sep-17 10:36:13

Thanks bim I know she is socially awkward. She's a different person around other people. I've literally cringed so badly before. She's openly thrown insults strangers. Although she does it to men wouldn't do it to women. She tries to be funny but I've apologised on her behalf as it's awful!

kimmy she always harps on about she came from a rough area and so therefore implies I have no idea and I do think she thinks my job is "posh" but millions of people have office type jobs. Also she used to say what she does is like a job e.g. cooking/cleaning. She doesn't really say it now I'm a single parent and I do it alone plus work.

moto yes isn't it so annoying when you think of the perfect comeback after! I should have said that though. She has no reason why she could never work, just didn't want to. Maybe she is jealous, I don't know. For some reason Im letting this get to me and feel a bit teary. I need to get a grip blush

TalkinBoutNuthin Fri 22-Sep-17 10:40:21

You need to send her a message. 'You were rude to me, and what's worse you were rude in front of someone else, and it upset me. I expect an apology'.

Simple as that. No beating around the bush, no 'interpreting' what she said, no giving her excuses. If she treats your DSis differently, it's because she knows your DSis wouldn't stand for it. Stop putting up with it.

OverOn Fri 22-Sep-17 10:49:28

It might be that she thinks she is having a 'banter' without realising she's actually just rude. It's as if being thought of as funny takes precedence over everything else, especially if she's particularly like this in front of men.

If you said to her 'mum I found the comment about being a pen pusher and boring hurtful' how would she react? Would she be defensive or concerned she'd upset you?

Chocolatteandbiscuits Fri 22-Sep-17 11:27:32

over she would 100% be defensive and say I'm being silly and sensitive.

talkin yes she has said before I'm an easy target and sometimes it's fine to wind me up. If I stand up to her it would cause another huge argument and id be the scapegoat and person in the wrong!

Wineandrosesagain Fri 22-Sep-17 12:12:26

Perhaps that huge argument needs to be had - don't let her wind you up and be mean about you to other people or to your face. She sounds nasty and insecure. I think you need to stand up to her and tell her how it makes you feel and that you won't tolerate it anymore. I would be very straight and say something every time she makes a rude/nasty comment or tries to wind you up. I would also reduce the time I spent with her. Please stop allowing her to hurt you.

nigelsbigface Fri 22-Sep-17 12:17:23

My mum and Dad do similar...they sort of talk about me to other people in front of me kind of thing and will always say something derogatory or piss takey and laugh if off as a joke... for example they were there when our new dog Walker came round the other week and I was trying out loud to do the mental arithmetic around what I would need to pay her per week-not struggling just trying to work it out-when my mum pipes up 'blimey you'll be here all day if it's Nigel working it out-she failed her maths gcse the first time around-she's an idiot at Maths'...no need for it at all, and the dog walker was a bit confused. It happens all the time with strangers and with in front of other family members.It almost a form of showing off with them I think.
It took me about 25 years to realise that it isn't normal for this to happen all the bloody time and it certainly was a light bulb moment in terms of me realising where my own insecurities and once crippling shyness came from.
Oddly enough my exh said something similarly derogatory about me to my daughter the other day (in a jokey way but still) and I also realised that I had gone on to bloody marry someone who does the same-he did it all the time when we were together.(Out of that now fortunately).

It's hard to handle as the perpetrator will
Always say 'it was a joke' and accuse you of being oversensitive...,

TalkinBoutNuthin Fri 22-Sep-17 12:32:31

Nigel - you need to respond with 'If that's a joke, I don't find it funny'.

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