Shelley is about to admit to one of the great taboos of motherhood. No matter how hard she has tried, she says she can't bring herself to love her elder daughter, Catherine. 'I know what people will think. Everyone will hate me. I'm the woman who doesn't like her own child. But I'm speaking out because I'm convinced I'm not alone,' says the 33-year-old. 

'I hate myself for the way I feel, but whatever it is that makes a mum want to hug and kiss her child, I have not felt it. Catherine has always felt like someone else's daughter.' 

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Do you know anyone who seriously dislikes their child and can't feel love towards them?
Shelley is about to admit to one of the great taboos of motherhood. No matter how hard she has tried, she says she can't bring herself to love her elder daughter, Catherine. 'I know what people will think. Everyone will hate me. I'm the woman who doesn't like her own child. But I'm speaking out because I'm convinced I'm not alone,' says the 33-year-old.

'I hate myself for the way I feel, but whatever it is that makes a mum want to hug and kiss her child, I have not felt it. Catherine has always felt like someone else's daughter.'

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13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 2:18:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think she's the only mother out there like that.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 2:24:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Unfortunately she is not the only mother out there like that. I've met others. It's a bad situation - bad beyond measure - but it happens.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 3:48:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought mothers like that had classes and things for it? Gave them fake babies for a couple of months so they learn to love their child.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 10:24:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't know any parents like that.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 10:45:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
know i know a guy who does not like his kid..its sad..
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 11:00:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
HOW could you NOT love your kid!? I mean if you had the kid from the Omen maybe...but other than that, it's YOUR kid...it's pretty much a part of YOU!
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 11:27:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
I know this borderline psychopath who has two kids and legitimately dislikes her son. He's a really sweet eight year old, with a few behavioral issues (mostly brought on by her). But, in the divorce, so said she didn't care about the son, she just wanted the daughter.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 12:16:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think my hairdresser hates her kid. Maybe not like this lady though ... she just complains that she had no idea what she was getting herself into and it's so hard and her daughter's so naughty. Her kid is like 2 now and she still says she has no idea what she's doing. But she's not mean to the child that I've seen. She just doesn't have that maternal thing.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 6:58:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 1/23/09 - 11:27:46 AM pankate wrote:
I know this borderline psychopath who has two kids and legitimately dislikes her son. He's a really sweet eight year old, with a few behavioral issues (mostly brought on by her). But, in the divorce, so said she didn't care about the son, she just wanted the daughter.

I know some people whose father is like that only the other way around
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 7:44:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
My friend's mom says his birth ruined her life.

She's always like:

*with Indian accent*: I was going to be a famous Bollywood actress but you ruin my life!
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 8:35:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
My friend Nikki has a mean mom. Her mom threw a backpack at her once.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 1/25/09 - 12:01:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think it's possible. But I think the story isn't entirely accurate...

Partly because it's written in the Daily Mail - which a terrible paper that is incredibly biased and only shows one side of the story.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 1/25/09 - 12:55:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
What other side of the story could there be?
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/6/09 - 2:08:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 1/23/09 - 8:35:04 PM PeaceNLoveKK wrote:
My friend Nikki has a mean mom. Her mom threw a backpack at her once.

Not the same at all.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/6/09 - 2:20:51 PM EST (GMT-5)

(If true..) How sad!

I know a few over-achieving mothers who only had children because it was a socially acceptable to have them at that point in her life.. But I think even they love their children. (Even though they aren't very caring motherly personalities.)
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/6/09 - 2:21:23 PM EST (GMT-5)

+ Kiki - The link isn't working. It says file not found.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/6/09 - 2:38:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 2/6/09 - 2:21:23 PM greenandblue wrote:
+ Kiki - The link isn't working. It says file not found.


Must have expired - I posted a new one
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/7/09 - 6:32:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yep. They just don't admit it, which is a good thing. It's not something a person should EVER admit to their child.

A lot of my friends from middle school (funny, since we went to a conservative Baptist school) ended up getting married and giving birth to healthy, screaming babies a suspicious four or five months later, and I can see the desperation in their eyes when I visit them. It's a look that says, "Get me out of here. I don't want this life. I'm too young for this poo."
Sounds like the same thing happened to this woman - she had the baby too young, it sidetracked her life, & she's resentful. It's sad.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/11/09 - 11:49:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
thats horrible!



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