Needing support for being a single parent of 18 year old girl
I have been widowed 5 years and have an 18 year old daughter. She is wonderful in many ways but also very very challenging...always been her nature. We have made it through a lot. She has been accepted into college, is very talented and hopes to study Art Therapy.
I really do not have any family members who have any time to help me out. I do have a few friends, but no one who will get terribly involved; and as time has passed people assume we are doing better......I have been dating one man the past few years, and he frequently tells me I need to be doing a better job parenting. I don't give my daughter enough responsibilities, etc. etc. I am not saying he is incorrect.
My daughter works and has her own car. Her mouth with me at times is terrible. I really feel I need support not criticism and judgement. My daughter has been more challenging since losing her Dad. We both have attended counseling together and separately, for a long time. My daughter refuses to go anymore.
I have worked two jobs to stay afloat.....not easy. I feel so tired and overwhelmed at times, and honestly hate being a single parent. I realize it is hard for anyone to watch me and my daughter and in time not tell me what I'm doing wrong.....how do I not let this feel like judgement?