I am an older Mum (coming up for 51 in January).
My children are now 21 and 19. It's been tough as their father left twelve years ago. He refused to pay maintainence and had no contact with the children and I was left to bring them up on benefits as I have been ill for many years.There was absolutely no support from anyone else, neither side of the family helped. They are now at University. My son is independent, full of fun, has a job and lots of friends. My daughter however is still at home,friendless and very dependant. I have asked board from her of £20 a week to help buy her food etc. I only get benefits for myself so it would help a little if she paid but does not want to.She is quite lazy and doesn't do very much and if I get on to her she just walks away and I get the cold shoulder. (Very passive aggressive).
I haven't been out socially for a tremendous amount of years and would dearly like to have a life of my own but until she becomes more dependant I can't see this happening.
I am very much aware that the clock is ticking for myself but if I chase her from the house she has no one else to turn to. Her brother won't tolerate her attitude. Can anyone suggest anything before I walk out because I am so close to it
Use our Single Parent forum to speak to other parents raising a child alone.
Don't know how to handle this..
sweetp27 · 23/09/2009 11:53
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