44 Examples of Things Narcissistic Mothers Say to Their Children
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44 Examples of Things Narcissistic Mothers Say to Their Children

How can you tell if your mother is a narcissist? By the things she says.
44 Examples of Things Narcissistic Mothers Say to Their Children

We give ourselves away with the language we use. Narcissist mothers say things to manipulate, guilt trip, and gaslight you. All narcissists will focus on themselves and as such, use the I pronoun more frequently. But there are other clues, so read on if you want to know the things narcissistic mothers say.

44 Examples of Things Narcissistic Mothers Say and Why

1. Criticise everything you do

  • “I don’t like your boyfriend, you should get rid of him.”

  • “Why are you working at that terrible place?”

  • “You realise that all your friends are just using you?”

  • “I don’t know why your husband puts up with you.”

  • “You were never a quick student.”

“I don’t like your boyfriend, you should get rid of him.”

“I don’t like your boyfriend, you should get rid of him.”

“Why are you working at that terrible place?”

“Why are you working at that terrible place?”

“You realise that all your friends are just using you?”

“You realise that all your friends are just using you?”

“I don’t know why your husband puts up with you.”

“I don’t know why your husband puts up with you.”

“You were never a quick student.”

“You were never a quick student.”

Narcissistic mothers say things to undermine your achievements. If there is one thing a narcissist mother wants, it is to control every aspect of your life. She can do this by criticising everything you do. It doesn’t matter whether your boyfriend is amazing, the food you cook is delicious, or whether you have a brilliant career.

2. Guilt-tripping

  • “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone.”

  • “You never come and visit, I’m so lonely.”

  • “I’ll probably die alone.”

  • “It’s your fault your father and I split up.”

  • “I would have had a career if it wasn’t for you.”

  • “When are you going to have children? I want to be a grandmother.”

“You’ll be sorry when I’m gone.”

“You’ll be sorry when I’m gone.”

“You never come and visit, I’m so lonely.”

“You never come and visit, I’m so lonely.”

“I’ll probably die alone.”

“I’ll probably die alone.”

“It’s your fault your father and I split up.”

“It’s your fault your father and I split up.”

“I would have had a career if it wasn’t for you.”

“I would have had a career if it wasn’t for you.”

“When are you going to have children? I want to be a grandmother.”

“When are you going to have children? I want to be a grandmother.”

Narcissist mothers say things to guilt-trip you into feeling sorry or responsible for something that isn’t your fault. Don’t fall into their trap of pushing guilt or blame onto you. 

3. Gaslighting

  • “I never said that.”

  • “You are being too sensitive.”

  • “What is going on with you?”

  • “No, you misunderstood me.”

“I never said that.”

“I never said that.”

“You are being too sensitive.”

“You are being too sensitive.”

“What is going on with you?”

“What is going on with you?”

“No, you misunderstood me.”

“No, you misunderstood me.”

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation used by narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths. Narcissist mothers will say things to deliberately confuse you. You’ll start questioning your memory and wondering. 

4. Creating drama

  • “My own daughter keeps my grandbabies away from me!”

  • “I bought a new dress and my son told me I looked terrible.”

  • “My family never visited me in hospital, I could have died!”

  • “It was my birthday and I never even got a card.”

  • “My dog was ill and no one helped me.”

  • “Your brother never liked your husband.”

“My own daughter keeps my grandbabies away from me!”

“My own daughter keeps my grandbabies away from me!”

“I bought a new dress and my son told me I looked terrible.”

“I bought a new dress and my son told me I looked terrible.”

“My family never visited me in hospital, I could have died!”

“My family never visited me in hospital, I could have died!”

“It was my birthday and I never even got a card.”

“It was my birthday and I never even got a card.”

“My dog was ill and no one helped me.”

“My dog was ill and no one helped me.”

“Your brother never liked your husband.”

“Your brother never liked your husband.”

Narcissists of all kinds love creating drama. It means that they are at the centre of all the attention, which is what they are aiming for. They can put you down and elevate themselves at the same time it’s a win-win situation for them. 

5. Dismissing your feelings

  • “Honestly, I can’t even joke with you.”

  • “Why do you make such a drama out of everything?”

  • “I’m telling you this for your own good.”

  • “Oh get over it, it’s not a big deal.”

  • “What’s the problem? Why are you so much trouble?”

“Honestly, I can’t even joke with you.”

“Honestly, I can’t even joke with you.”

“Why do you make such a drama out of everything?”

“Why do you make such a drama out of everything?”

“I’m telling you this for your own good.”

“I’m telling you this for your own good.”

“Oh get over it, it’s not a big deal.”

“Oh get over it, it’s not a big deal.”

“What’s the problem? Why are you so much trouble?”

“What’s the problem? Why are you so much trouble?”

Narcissistic mothers are not interested in nurturing their children. The only feelings they care about are their own, and what other people think about them. So narcissistic mothers will say things to invalidate your feelings.

6. Emotional blackmail

  • “I’m having a party and I need you to do the catering.”

  • “I’ve booked a cruise and I have no one else to go with me.”

  • “If you don’t pick me up from the airport I can’t go on the holiday.”

  • “I need you to take care of my animals or I’ll miss out on a trip.”

“I’m having a party and I need you to do the catering.”

“I’m having a party and I need you to do the catering.”

“I’ve booked a cruise and I have no one else to go with me.”

“I’ve booked a cruise and I have no one else to go with me.”

“If you don’t pick me up from the airport I can’t go on the holiday.”

“If you don’t pick me up from the airport I can’t go on the holiday.”

“I need you to take care of my animals or I’ll miss out on a trip.”

“I need you to take care of my animals or I’ll miss out on a trip.”

We all want to be kind and helpful to our family members. But there are times when we simply don’t have the time. Everyone has the right to say no and not feel as if they are being emotionally blackmailed.

Think how you would react if you asked someone a favour. Would they start guilt-tripping you into doing what they asked? Of course, not. So don’t allow it from your family. 

7. Lowering your confidence

  • “I wish you’d never been born.”

  • “Even your siblings don’t like you.”

  • “It’s no wonder you have no friends.”

  • “No one will ever love you.”

  • “You are an embarrassment to the family.”

“I wish you’d never been born.”

“I wish you’d never been born.”

“Even your siblings don’t like you.”

“Even your siblings don’t like you.”

“It’s no wonder you have no friends.”

“It’s no wonder you have no friends.”

“No one will ever love you.”

“No one will ever love you.”

“You are an embarrassment to the family.”

“You are an embarrassment to the family.”

One form of control is to gradually chip away at a person’s self-esteem. You often see this type of behaviour in coercive controlling relationships. A partner will constantly belittle the person, so eventually, their confidence is at rock bottom. 

8. Having favourites

  • “Your sister is doing so well at college, what a shame you dropped out.”

  • “Did you hear your cousin got accepted at the amazing firm?”

  • “Isn’t it fabulous news about your brother’s engagement? When are you going to find someone?”

  • “You have such an awful figure, why can’t you be more like your sister?”

  • “Your brother always takes me out to dinner when he’s in town.”

“Your sister is doing so well at college, what a shame you dropped out.”

“Your sister is doing so well at college, what a shame you dropped out.”

“Did you hear your cousin got accepted at the amazing firm?”

“Did you hear your cousin got accepted at the amazing firm?”

“Isn’t it fabulous news about your brother’s engagement? When are you going to find someone?”

“Isn’t it fabulous news about your brother’s engagement? When are you going to find someone?”

“You have such an awful figure, why can’t you be more like your sister?”

“You have such an awful figure, why can’t you be more like your sister?”

“Your brother always takes me out to dinner when he’s in town.”

“Your brother always takes me out to dinner when he’s in town.”

Narcissistic mothers love to say things to pit their children against each other. This is unsettling as one moment you could be the favourite and the next you are the scapegoat of the family.

9. Competing with you

  • “Oh, I was much younger when I passed those exams.”

  • “Your hair is so messy, you must get it from your father.”

  • “My figure is better now than yours has ever been.”

  • “You look like you got dressed in the dark. You obviously don’t have my fashion sense.”

“Oh, I was much younger when I passed those exams.”

“Oh, I was much younger when I passed those exams.”

“Your hair is so messy, you must get it from your father.”

“Your hair is so messy, you must get it from your father.”

“My figure is better now than yours has ever been.”

“My figure is better now than yours has ever been.”

“You look like you got dressed in the dark. You obviously don’t have my fashion sense.”

“You look like you got dressed in the dark. You obviously don’t have my fashion sense.”

Parents are supposed to support and nurture their children. They should give encouragement instead of criticism or competing against them. Not so with the narcissistic mother. She’ll say things to promote herself and undermine you at the same time. 

Final thoughts

It doesn’t matter what things narcissistic mothers say. What does matter is how you deal with whatever she’s throwing at you on that particular day. Some people cut off all contact, others keep a polite distance. It is up to you to decide what sort of relationship you want, you have that right. 

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