I am the only financially independent person in my family. When I was younger I had a learning disability but I have outgrown it. I grew up with people telling me I am slow, not smart enough and good for nothing. Today I am studying for a degree in psychology. I have my own home, a car, and I take care of my little son.
I work three days a week. I have no choice other than to use my brother for child care, because I don’t earn enough to be able to afford child care. My brother has been in and out of prison for years. My son is a little slow on remembering colors and numbers. My brother keeps telling me that I should give up work to take care of my son, but he has never bothered to take care of his own children. My son asked me the other day why he is stupid. He never heard that from me, and it could only have come from my brother.
I once published some poetry with money I saved, and all my family could do was to criticize me. They also have a lot to say about my weight (I am very slender by nature) and the way I speak. Whenever I do something positive, they tell me it won’t last.
When I get income tax money back, I help them but they ignore that and never have anything good to say about me. They all have a history of prison and drugs and neglecting their children. I have never done any of that. I hate these people and don’t know how I can get away from my family. What can I do to escape them?