DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE the worst mother in the world but I feel too guilty to leave her on her own on Christmas Day.
She is 75 and has dementia. I’m a man of 50.
I feel I have to invite her over to be with my wife and children, though they hate her.
My sister and I had a terrible childhood.
Our father walked out and our mother spent all her money on going out every night, bringing men back for sex.
We were left to fend for ourselves. She ruined my childhood.
Must I let her ruin my Christmases too?
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DEIDRE SAYS: Talk it all through with your partner and children.
Does she ruin their Christmas Day?
Could you visit her Christmas Eve or Boxing Day?
Whatever you decide, you must allow for Covid rules, of course.
Meanwhile, you can get additional advice through Dementia UK (dementiauk. org, 0800 888 6678).
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