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If you really wanted to shock your dad, you should have replied "Nah he doesn't need one. He prefers to wear the collar himself."

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43- One of my friends was in a bad car wreck and lost his eye sight. Just because someone's blind doesn't mean they lost their sense of humor. Treat 'em like people.

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OP can't be satisfied with her boyfriend being attracted to her. My mom never thinks I look right, but there's always going to be someone who doesn't.

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29 I feel like what your saying is your mom tries to doll u up before going out and she feels she can always do better. OP's dad straight up called her ugly which is pretty messed up.

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42- I'll admit it is kind of different. But with my mom last summer I overheard her telling my sister that if I got any bigger she wouldn't LET me wear a bikini. I took this to heart and now I've lost 20 or more pounds. When we went to the doctor and realized this she cried and told me I couldn't see my boyfriend if it didn't stop. She thinks I'm anorexic now. Recently I asked her if she could buy me some shorts because nothing fits anymore, and she yelled at me to eat and quit losing weight. Mi

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Elsewhere I quoted a comedian. Now I'll try a former First Lady of the United States: no one makes you feel inferior without your permission. NoReservations, it sounds like you are trying not to give your mother's words too much power and that's great. It also sounds like you try to maintain an open-minded opinion of yourself and that's great, too. Just remember that your mother's is just one opinion and hers isn't even the most important. I've said it before but I'll say it again - raising p

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Yeah, I don't want to let myself go or overlook something, but it's getting to the point where I can't be happy with what I do either. But what sucks the most is she thinks it's my boyfriend's fault. He's the only one that's taken time to talk to me about it and ask what I don't like about myself. Of course, those are his favorite things about me. He has helped me a lot, saying things like I have a one inch waist, I'm perfect, when he hugs me he tells me how tiny I am, etc. He wouldn't say that

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Parents are always like that, at least mine are lol. I feel like my parents just want to see me prosper and be the best i can, although they say, you shouldn't eat to much, you should go run afew miles, go to the gym everyday, and i had a girlfriend of 1year 9months and my parents kept saying from day one, you can do better, she makes you sad and treats you like shit and puts you down and she tries to controll me and well i loved her and everything and she was my first girlfriend i had sex with

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Sorry 63, I just read an essay's worth of comments preceding yours, and I'm not about to read your novel. But chin up NoReservations, I promise it gets better later; if not by counselling and break throughs, then at least by time and love (with or without your mother involved).

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I'm with you here #3 - FML seems to be largely populated by kids with parents who want to rob them and belittle them. Of course this could be a joke but kids are often terribly sensitive about that type of thing and the very slight comedy value doesn't seem to justify the risk of giving your child a complex. OP - your dad's an ass. Best ignore his stupid comments and assume he's trying to be funny.

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From the sounds of it, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. After a while it stops being a joke and just becomes cruel.

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Either you're trolling (which I really, REALLY hope) or you are just a sad excuse for a human being. If a parent makes such remarks towards his / her kids, it will scar them for life. I would never wish something similar to happen to anyone, but if someone would deserve it, it would be people like you. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Well, I'm sure he wasn't being serious or anything. Doesn't every dad normally make jokes or end up doing something to embarrass the daughter/son anyway?

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You guys are all taking things too far. I agree with mr. pie because it was a joke. sense of humor duh!

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^Yeah, bringing your kid's self-confidence is sooo fucking funny. Hey, I have a sense of humour too. Should i use it to bring people down?

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75- There's a difference between being an asshole parent, and making a good-humored joke at your child's expense. OP's dad crossed the line on this one. What self respecting parent would actually pick on their child's self esteem?

If you really wanted to shock your dad, you should have replied "Nah he doesn't need one. He prefers to wear the collar himself."

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That's a good backfire. Too bad I can never think quick enough to come up with witty one :(

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Dad: That's great! Teach him how to play catch and fetch the mail and if he is poddie trained he can sleep in the house, if not he sleeps outside. OP: I can keep him?! Thank you daddy! Dad: If i catch him humping anything in this house i'm walking him down to the basement with my shotgun and than you're dumping him in the woods.

If he usually makes jokes, don't take it too seriously OP! your dad could have been trying to be funny to impress the new guy. but if he meant to it actually hurt your feelings then I'm sorry :-(

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Yeah, I know someone who's dad is like that, some people think they are funny but they're really jerks. You should talk to your dad about how you feel, get him to buy you some new shoes or something to cheer you up.

Hey OP, you have a boyfriend! So your boyfriend sees how great you are :) Forget about what your dad says. Don't listen to him or it could affect your relationship. :)

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A comedian once said: It's called self-esteem. It's how you feel about yourself. How can I take that away? I'm paraphrasing and he was over-simplifying but the gist is don't let your father's words bring you down, OP. At a certain point in our lives, we have to separate ourselves from our parents' image of us. If you've gone through years of emotional abuse, this may feel impossible. It's not. Do a fair assessment of yourself. Take away the emotion and see yourself for who you really are. Fee

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