I Unfriended My Mother on Social Media

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Yes, I hit the unfriend button and have zero regrets. unfriended

Let me start by saying, if you have a healthy relationship with your mother then this statement is probably a bit shocking. I imagine some women thinking to themselves, “wow that is extreme,” or “I could never do that,” however, for those of us that have a less than ideal relationship with our mothers, this statement might hit close to home.

Relationships are complicated. On one hand they can be the best thing in the whole world and make you feel loved and secure, while on the other hand they can be messy, turbulent and unhealthy. Without going into details, the relationship I had with my mother leaned more towards the “unhealthy.” As we get older and have families of our own, we realize that setting priorities is key to a happy existence, and that healthy relationships are the most beneficial in both the short and long run. With age, our eyes also open to the fact that people who are supposed to love and care for us, don’t always have our best interests in mind.

I stopped communicating with my mother a while ago and noticed the positive change it had in my mood and attitude—her need for drama was something I could never understand and quite frankly it stressed me out. I knew that this unnecessary stress was not good for me, and I did not want it to affect my children in any way—so I simply moved on.

While we had not spoken in some time, we were still Facebook “friends”. I had hit that “unfollow” button long ago and thinking back, I am not quite sure why I didn’t hit the “unfriend” button then, but for whatever reason I didn’t. Until now. 

By unfollowing her, instead of “unfriending” I realized that I was still allowing her little glimpses into our family’s world, my whole world. I have never been big on, or great at, sharing personal details of my life online, but noticed even more so that since I knew she could see my activity, I was even more hesitant to share practically anything at all. She had stopped being a part of our life years ago and each time I saw her “like” a picture, it upset me. I simply did not like the fact that she could pop in on her whims and decide that she wants to peek into our world.

Since hitting that little button, I do feel like a little weight has been lifted. So for those of you out there pondering whether or not to block or unfriend a parent or relative, just know that there are others out there having the same mental debate, and my advice is to do whatever is going to make you happiest. Heck, even royalty has to deal with complicated family relationships.

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Lauren is the proud mom of two spunky little boys, wife and business owner. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, is a marketing communications professional and owner of Auriga Marketing. While she was born in Phoenix, she grew up in Temecula, California and moved back to attend Xavier College Preparatory. After high school she ventured to Denver for college (and skiing) and then on to Honolulu a couple years after graduating. She and her husband returned to Arizona in 2012 and made Central Phoenix their home. They love to travel and experience different cultures, having a deep appreciation for a warm beach and sand between their toes. When she isn’t chasing after two boys or playing with their overly energetic dogs, she can be found working on a home DIY project, trying out a new recipe or planning their next family adventure. Oh, and she is also a firm believer that chocolate should be its own food group!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Love and can relate. Definitely agree that those with healthy parent relationships can find it hard to understand a decision to disconnect from family members.. I’ve been called so many bad names by those who I thought loved me, constantly asked “how can you treat your mother like that?” because I made the incredibly painful choice to disconnect from my parents for my own little family’s well-being. It’s so impossible to explain the years of rejection, lies, pokes at you to make you feel less than, your mom and sister trying to turn peopleagainst you – even your kids, just to put themself in a better light. My dad used to “unfriend” me multiple times as a tactic to show anger at me, only to ask to friend me again months later. I appreciate hearing your story and knowing other moms out there have had to make similar tough choices. ?

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I unfollowed a few family members because we do not agree on a lot of things and what they were posting was actually putting a strain on my ability to have a relationship with them. They can share all they want, but now I dont have to see it every day on my feed. I felt bad at first, but now wish I had done it sooner. I am glad I am not alone!

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