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Independent Mother Refuses Daughter's Care

Childhood Abuse Can Alter Adult's Ability to Care for Parents


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Dear Carol: My mom abused me during my childhood and I left home right after high school. I'm now nearly 40 and Mom, who is in her 60s, has developed Parkinson’s disease. She's beginning to need daily help and has asked me to move back home to take care of her. I don’t know if I can do this. I’m not married, don’t have children and I can work from anywhere, so there’s no real reason not to move in and help her. I’m still resentful, though, and I know that I’m vulnerable to her emotional manipulations. Is this something that I am morally beholden to do? Would it help me get over our history if I helped her now? I feel guilty saying no, and people seem to expect me to take care of her, but I’m afraid and I don’t even know why. — JTR.

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