I have a very negative mother and all I can do is not take her seriously. She is a bitter woman and there is nothing I can do to change it.
Your an adult, raising a family, have a man who cares for you. You really don't need negative people around you. Don't burn a bridge and tell them off but minimize time spent with someone that makes you question yourself. Especially when you consciously decided to take a different path than HER because she was close to abusive during your childhood. I never have spanked my kids either. They've grown into nice pre teens with good manners. And I wasn't the strictest of moms and allowed my boys to have lots of crazy moments as I think that is part of childhood. Being an adult is serious . . . being a kid should be filled with fun and funny memories. Anyway, spanking isn't necessary to raise good kids and I'm sure you are doing a great job. Hang in there sweetie
Thank you! I will try not to burn that bridge lol