Does anyone have any answers why so many of us baby boomers had abusive mothers? The ones I've known were abusive only to their daughters but favored their son(s). I've personally known only one man whose mother hated and mistreated him. The only trait I've been able identify is jealousy. My own mother was jealous of me, even though she was the one who enabled me to achieve an education and stand on my own, though constant criticism was liberally administered. Through many years it became so petty that if my family purchased a new couch, etc., or moved to a new home, e.g., she had to follow by purchasing something larger or more expensive, or move to a "better" or larger house.