Dating sinlge father advice
She is not verbally abusive but extremely controlling.
I am also in my fifties with grown children and a grandchild.
For example, you do not need to answer the phone when she calls.
Most people realize, to some degree or another, that it is in their best interest to nurture meaningful relationships and to treat others with appropriate levels of respect and concern.
My step-dad passed away last summer, after he and my mother were married for 36 years.
Throughout their marriage, my mom controlled virtually every aspect of his life, including what he could say, what he should eat, what he should wear, who he could be friends with -- the list goes on and on.
For example, most of us understand that if one wants good service from a waiter or clerk, one needs to treat them with respect, which can be as simple as saying please and thank you.
It sounds like this is a life lesson your mother has never had to learn because you and your step father have put up with her rudeness and abuse.