Thinking back I do understand how you feel really, really well because even at my age my mother can sometimes upset me A LOT. She's very critical too and apparently doesn't think of the effect her words have. And just like yours when I've snapped at her then she acts all hurt and plays the victim, so there's no winning with her! It's little wonder that I married an American and came to live hundreds of miles away from her! (And the rest of the family, one of my aunts - her sister - never had children yet she's the bossiest of all!). Every time she comes to visit or I go there sooner or later we end up butting heads, it's been a rare thing to have not!
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

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