By Mike - 11/9/2019 04:01 - United States - Burlington

Drama Llama

Today, I called my mother to say hi. She spent a whole hour and a half complaining about how I never call her, bawling and calling me "a waste of human flesh." I call her at least once a week. FML
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By  stickyface  |  8

Don't call her for two weeks. Then if you hear one word of abuse, interrupt and mention that you're not calling back for two more weeks if she continues. Hang up on her if she does, and follow through. Accept calls from her but hang up immediately if she abuses you, and reset the two week clock. Only violate this rule in an emergency, and you define the emergency, not her. Either she catches on and won't abuse you anymore, or she earns her loneliness. This isn't ok, OP.

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By  mssileas  |  25

Okay so unless she actually has a normal conversation when you call, just don't anymore.

There's no use in putting emotional effort into something if all you get in return is abuse over not putting in even more, that's ridiculous.

By  stickyface  |  8

Don't call her for two weeks. Then if you hear one word of abuse, interrupt and mention that you're not calling back for two more weeks if she continues. Hang up on her if she does, and follow through. Accept calls from her but hang up immediately if she abuses you, and reset the two week clock. Only violate this rule in an emergency, and you define the emergency, not her. Either she catches on and won't abuse you anymore, or she earns her loneliness. This isn't ok, OP.