Toxic family member manipulates matriarch – The Denver Post

Dear Amy: Without going into lengthy detail, we have been dealing with a bad relative for at least five years. We have constantly dealt with their inappropriate behavior. It has gotten to the point now that we don’t even want to deal with this person anymore, but if we cut ties, they twist stories around and make us look bad.

This person cries a (lying) sob story to the family matriarch to con money from her, and she falls for it every time.

I am tired of being stressed about this person; everyone is walking on eggshells.

I feel we shouldn’t have to do something just to appease this person. It will only encourage and condone their behavior. Yet we don’t want to ruffle the family feathers.

Normally I would say the hell with it — we should do what we feel is right.

The bigger part of the problem is the family matriarch. She is so controlling, everyone is afraid to cross her…

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