How do I cut ties with people who've become toxic to our family?

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Katherine - posted on 10/17/2011

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Well if you can't help her, and she can't help herself, then you need to cut ties.

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Tina - posted on 10/17/2011

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He is 7. He needs a new a.m. baby sitter & I've been thinking about trying to find someone with kids his age that can do that & perhaps he could also forge a friendship with their kids as well.

Tina - posted on 10/17/2011

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Okay, but this leads me into a new question: how to find "safe" kids for my son to play with?

Tina - posted on 10/17/2011

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I feel very very bad for them, but our family has also suffered a great deal in the past couple of years & I've worked very hard to stabilize us & maintain it. We can't afford any unnecessary interference. But at the same time I don't want to desert another "Mom in need".

Tina - posted on 10/17/2011

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This family has gone through some major upheavals in the last couple of years & is trying to stabilize, but they still have so far to go. There are discipline problems with the children, they do not listen to their mother (or anyone else), they talk back (one of them likes to use "you stupid a-hole Mommy"), they fight each other regularly, have meltdowns over trivial stuff that she should be able to nip in the bud for the most part but rarely can...she appears to have no control or any solid ideas on how to implement control. Now what's worse is that the older child is now in danger of being suspended because of his violent behavior toward other students--he clearly has emotional issues that desperately need to be addressed.

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