Funny Caro - I wonder that too, my mum wasn't very touchy so I don't really remember hugs etc although she is a bit more like that now. What did she do all day when we were at school - its a mystery, then she started doing gardening with a chap who messed her around for years and her life really spiralled into a mess once we left home. She blames her parents, however she always has someone to blame when her life isn't working out...
Might have to start looking at some of the things you are reading! My feelings are clouded though as mum used to read books about self help so obviously that puts me off. I vividly remember one called 'I'm OK you're OK'!!!
My mum went through one of her phases where she was contemplating being a counsellor and used to make us sit down once a week and write down how we were feeling etc, I was not into this at all. Considered it a total waste of time. Mostly because I was probably a teenager and also because she would then sort of use anything against you and just bang on about how you were doing something because of x and if you disagreed then she would just ignore you.
Having probs with her, her hubby is telling her crazy stuff which she believes, he says his family work for Dreamworks and he created Shaun the Sheep, and they persist in looking at houses they can't afford as he says his family are going to buy them one. I'm not sure if this is to do with the drinking but its fantasy land and I have no idea what to do or say so am still saying nothing. She is coming to Martha's party today which will probably scare her off for a bit as there are going to be 14 kids to entertain. Might as well get this off my chest, she does nothing really with the kids, buys them presents but doesn't have a proper relationship with them and I couldn't trust her to look after them. If she is going to start telling them things that are fantasy/lies then I feel like I'm going to have to limit contact. Or have a word with her. Which means there will be a backlash. Ugh. I know a few of us are troubled with our relationships with parents but I spend a lot of time wondering 'Why is she like this?', suppose its the alcohol at the end of the day in her case. Hope I never put my kids through this.
Ha ha CM, I suppose if they sit down in the evening and have it on until bedtime.... if that's the ave though its a bit bonkers. I watch about an hour maybe but not every night. I like Sewing Bee and Bake Off but not watching much else.
49 miles done this month, one more than last month. Alan and I went for a run together this morning, the first time we have done that since I was pregnant with Martha!!!!