Mary had always been a difficult child to raise. She was prone to attention-seeking behavior and had a knack for manipulating those around her to get what she wanted. Here is what she had to say:
Her parents had tried everything to help her, from therapy to medication, but nothing seemed to work. They were constantly embarrassed by her behavior, especially during her school years when they found themselves pleading with guidance counselors to understand that they were doing their best as parents.
She Passed Out
But it was during Mary’s senior year of high school that things really came to a head. One day, she claimed to have passed out in the kitchen while her father was still asleep and her mother was at work.
Her mother was skeptical, knowing that Mary had a tendency to be dramatic and seek attention. But when her father took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with a concussion, they had no choice but to believe her.
Complaining of Headaches
Mary spent weeks at home, lying on the couch and complaining of headaches. Her academic performance suffered, and she was forced to drop out of her AP courses.
She Was in So Much Pain
Despite her parents’ attempts to get her to return to school, she claimed that the pain was too much and refused to go. Her parents were at a loss. They knew that Mary was capable of doing well in school, but her constant absences and lack of effort had led to her falling behind.
She Got a Scholarship!
When Mary received a scholarship to her dream college, her parents were thrilled. They knew that it would be a struggle to pay for her education, but they were willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. They took her to orientation and helped her move into her dorm room, excited to see her start this new chapter of her life.
They Just Couldn’t Afford It
But it wasn’t long before they realized that they couldn’t afford the cost of the college, even with the scholarship and financial aid. Mary’s mother tried to get her a loan from the bank, but she couldn’t get enough money to cover the expenses.
Her Dream Was Crushed
Mary was devastated. She had always dreamed of going to this college, and now it seemed like that dream was slipping away.
She Blamed Her Parents
She blamed her parents for not saving enough money, even though they had done everything they could to help her. She refused to take responsibility for her own actions, insisting that they should have done more to support her.
Her parents were hurt and frustrated. They had tried to help her in every way they could, but it seemed like nothing was ever enough.
When Mary’s mother confronted her about her behavior, reminding her that every missed assignment was a dollar wasted, Mary still refused to take responsibility for her own actions.
The Blame Game
She refused to acknowledge that her lack of effort and poor time management skills had led to her academic struggles and inability to secure a loan. Instead, she chose to hold a grudge against her parents, ignoring their attempts to reach out and blaming them for her failure to attend college. Her parents were heartbroken. They had always wanted the best for Mary, but it seemed like she was determined to sabotage her own success. They knew that they couldn’t force her to take responsibility for her actions, but they hoped that someday she would see the truth.
The Internet Responded
This commenter posted, “It sounds as though you have this image in your head of your daughter as this horrible manipulator who lies about everything. Is it possible that she continued to stay out of school past the point where she probably could have gone in? Sure. But you seem to be thinking that she’s some mastermind who concocted everything in that scenario – you seem to doubt that she really fainted, that she really hit her head and had a concussion (despite a dr’s confirmation), and that she was really trying her best in school.”
Another Commenter Said:
“You have failed your daughter, whether your perception of her is true or not. If she’s not this deceiving manipulator, you do her a great disservice by treating her as though she is and by seeing her every action through that lens. If she really is as you have described her, she needs and has always needed, help and not to be judged and punished for issues that you have refused to address.”
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