My Mom never calls anyone in the family.

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My mother never calls anyone in the family, then gets pissed when we tell her of an event taking place within a few days and says no one keeps her informed. There's no reason why she can't call us! She has no contact with me, my brother, her grandkids or her great-grands! The last time I spoke with her was 2 months ago, when out of nowhere came, "You treat me like I'm already dead". She's never been a warm fuzzy mother, and when I tried spending time together with her she always had some medical reason why she couldn't. However, she managed to accept outings from my brother and day trips with my father before his passing.

I asked her to choose a broadway show for her Mother's Day gift years ago, she told me she didn't want to go, and had all kinds of excuses why. After many other attempts to spend time with her, I finally told her I was done.

Two months ago was the last time I spoke with my Mother by phone, which ended up with her hanging up on me. I am so done with all this! I have been the peace keeper in this family for years and now the peace keeper is the one she isn't speaking to. For years she (and my dad) didn't speak to my brother. During that time my brothers son died. I told my parents about the death and they seemed to show no interest in attending their grandson's funeral. I told the in no uncertain terms that if they don't go and make amends with my brother that they could forget about me being their daughter. They went.

There's a pattern here, my mother didn't talk to her sister for 39 years and she passed without making amends her. There were other Aunts & Uncles they didn't talk to also but I don't want to get into it.

Long story short, she's going to end up dying alone, bitter, & angery.
Well, now I vented alittle and re-read what I wrote and it doesn't make much sense, but thanks for letting me ramble on!

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Sounds familiar. My mom won't call out to anyone...and rarely to me unless she is really desperate. She always asks me about my brother, kids, etc but never attempts to call others, friends, relatives, grandkids or even send a card --yet she expects them to cater to her or contact her because she is old.

I have gone so far as to post numbers of relatives, kids, friends in large print right by her phone, and every time I visit they are still there yet she has talked to no one.
I hate being the only contact..but I've accepted it. I call her and check on her about once a week which is all I can stand as its so depressing. She asks about the others but I just say, "don't know mom, why don't you call them?" I've also stopped giving updates to any relatives who call me or email me and ask--I repeat same thing, why don't you call her and ask?

I want to fully disconnect but I can't as my guilt won't allow me, so I suck it up and call. You may have to do same as annoying and frustrating as it is. Keep it short and hang up by saying, I love you.
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Sounds like my mother. She went over 10 years without calling me. If anyone called, I had to call her. When holidays rolled around, everyone had to come to her. It went deeper than "just tradition." My mother has an anxiety disorder and is avoidant. She avoids interacting with people, even family. She won't call my brothers, but complains how they don't pay any attention to her. Well, doh! After 50-65 years of neglect, what can she expect? I don't tell her that, but remind her that the phone works both ways. There's always excuses, though, why she won't call.

We do go out to my brother's for the holiday now. This is only because I make the arrangements and do the driving. She has also been very dependent during her life -- first on her parents, then my father, now me. It is actually sad. I think her life would have been happier if she had found her own two feet to stand on early in life. I also think it would have been happier if she had been able to reach out to people, instead of pulling into her shell.
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Please excuse my typing. I have got to remember to proofread!
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Allison, I understand you so. Rey well. Many of the comments you just made about your mother I could say the same of mine. Mom is not ken to give someone the silent treatment. Her weapon of choice is lying. Once you piss her off, she spreads lies all over the family about you and she never gets over it no matter how hard you try to make things better. She just waits for an opportunity to point out a flaw or mistake. And she never changes her opinion.

I love the tough way you handle this situation. You are speaking to me girlfriend. I have had enough of trying to be nice. I am always the one who has to give. Glad to see someone who has a situation so very similar to mine and,how they handle it.

BTW, your mom sounds narcissistic. Read all you can about that problem. Take care
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Thanks to all who shared their comments, stories and advice. It is much appreciated! Arlenehutcheon, I hear what you're saying, however I'm not into accepting mental abuse from her. I'm done being disrespected.

My mother is in full control of her faculties, she knows exactly what she's doing. Everyone can change but, ONLY if they want to. And she doesn't want to appreantly. The holidays will prove to be interesting this year but my guess is she will refuse to join in.

Yes, she is my mother and I won't be getting another, I know that. But I'm not subjecting myself to anymore mental abuse from her. I will make one more effort to contact her to see if things can be worked but I'm not holding my breath. I know she isn't going to be a warm fuzzy mother, she never was. I do have expectations, of being treated like an adult and treated with respect. The same things she expects from me! Yes, I am angry and I am hurt! If she was demented I could understand her actions but she isn't.

Palmtrees1, I feel your pain and know where you are coming from in your comment. I'm ight there with you! My mother holds onto grudges for years and years and will never take steps to fix them. She is never wrong, and she will never say, she's sorry. She never attended her mothers funneral because she had a fight with her sister about the arrangements. They didn't talk for 39 years after that. So that meant us kids had no contact with my aunt, uncle and cousins. That same sister died from brain cancer. After all those years (39) I had lost track of my Aunt and through the power of the internet I located her. When I spoke to her she asked me if she could call my mother. Of course to told her yes, although, I warned her she probably won't talk to her. I was right, my mother was still holding a grudge and hung up on her. Maybe I shouldn't have told my mother that my aunt was going to call. Either way the outcome would have been the same.

So, for my own peace of mind I will make one last effort to establish some kind of contact with my mother. Then the ball will be in her court!
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Allison, my mother does this as well. Both my brother and I are always amazed that no matter what happens in the family, don't expect a call from her. She also thinks everyone is supposed to visit her but she never needs to visit them. Needless to say she has no friends, all of her sister and brothers come by to visit when it is convenient to them, neighbors have given up on her as well.

Mom has had four siblings with cancer, two died. Whenever I asked about them she would always say," I don't know how they are, they haven't called me to let me know."

I have come to the conclusion this is all a means of control and attention. She expects all of us to pay her attention but she pays very little to her family, especially me. Everything is about her.

Right now she is pissed at me because I won't drive 10 hours or fly (airline ticket plus rental car) to visit her for 2 or 3 days. She can only have company for a couple of days. Then she has to get back out there shopping and she doesn't want to shop with anyone. She told me this herself.

So I think the not calling, not visiting, or whatever else we want to call attention to is all about selfishness, control and the need to be catered to and the need to see how much attention her royal highness gets from her subjects. :/
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Your Mum never calls anyone in the family, because just maybe, it never occurs to her to you. Why don't you call instead? Don't take her complaints seriously, even when she hangs up on you. Your Mum doesn't mean to neglect the extended family, she might just never think about it. Don't ask her to choose anything, even a show. Tell you are taking her out and it would be lovely if she could come with you. If she says she doesn't need to go out, tell her you want to go and would like her to go with you, she needs a day out! With your Mum, you need to have an answer for everything she says, and don't let the little things she says, get under your skin. Don't let your mothers lack of contact with her sister (her choice) be a catalyst for your relationship. Your Mum may not be a warm, fuzzy sort of person, but she is still your Mum, and learn to look past her comments. Don't let them get to you. All the best.
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I like emjo's approach. The ball is in your court. If you want to have some contact with your mother, even something superficial, it is up to you to initiate the contact. If you don't mind severing all ties, that is your choice, too.

This woman is never going to be the fuzzy warm communicator that you wish she was. Take it or leave it. It's up to you.
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Seriously, if you feel you want to keep in contact, after her hanging up on you a couple of months ago, you have options. It seems she has a long history of not keeping in contact with family. It is unlikely that is going to change much. If there is a family event I think it is only fair to give her decent notice in advance whether she calls or not. You were the one to advocate for contact when your bro's son died. It seems there is no one to advocate for you. I think with your history with her I would be pi**ed off and feel like letting her lie in her bed as she made it - but - she is your parent, and you may want to keep contact.

I would really lower any expectations of a cozy relationship with her, and of her sharing the give and take of communication. You could call once a week, once a month - whatever works for you, keep it short and pretty impersonal, rehearse what you want to talk about, - the weather, the grandchildren, the fall colouring, avoid touchy subjects, or distract from any she brings up and "gotta go" if the conversation gets heated. And/or you could send her a note on a pretty card every now and again saying the same sort of thing and call less often. Or some version of these.

It sounds to me that your mother has some long standing "condition" and this is not going to get better,
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I wish!!!
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