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Dec 22, 2008
Your mother broke the cycle...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Abuser sounds deranged; an institution would have been a good home for her, a place where she couldn't harm her children. Your mother and her siblings were lucky to have gotten out of that house alive.

But in spite of what she lived, it seems your mother made sure she broke the cycle of abuse with you. Not only does she have that to be proud of, she has every reason to be proud of the person YOU have become. You've honoured your mother by posting her story here. What a loving and caring person you've turned out to be.

I hope as you do, that your mother will tell someone; but I believe telling a counsellor would be far more beneficial than telling the authorities. Your mother's self-esteem could certainly use the boost. The next time you hear her say, "I'm stupid, I can't do anything right", respectfully remind her that's not true: she did parenting perfectly.

Thank you for sharing your mother's story with my visitors and me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Dec 28, 2008
I can identify
by: Francine

Your grandma is wrong; your mom is not fat; your mom is not worthless; your mother is not stupid! Your mother is smart, slender and downright worthy. She also even did a good job taking care of you. Let me tell you one thing about how I can relate to your story for your mom; strangely enough, my mom went through the same thing at the hands of both her parents, except that both of them beat her for "doing something naughty" or for "doing something that she shouldn't have done". Her mom also hit her with the stick with the hook in the end, scratched her, pulled her hair, she even tried yet failed to rip the genuine leather mini-skirt off of my mom after she [my mom] came back from some discotheque (hey, did I spell it right?). Both of my mom's parents called her lots of names, too, while her little brother was spared yet they spanked him at least once or twice for misbehaving. That is how I can relate. Your mom, like mine, were and STILL ARE strong; they just need to try counselling in order to move on further.

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