Ask Amy: I’m so nurturing to my boyfriend, and in return he’s a jerk

Dear Amy: My live-in boyfriend of four years is selfish, defiant, impatient and impossible to talk to.

Amy Dickinson 

He instantly puts up his guard, starts yelling and deflecting! I always end up giving up before he rages and confuses me by turning every conversation around.

I love him so much. I know he loves me too. But sometimes, I need him to grow up.

I have a 15-year-old son. I had my son when I was 22. I was forced to grow up fast.  My boyfriend has never lived with a girlfriend before and doesn’t have children.

But I’m a mother and a nurturer. I love taking care of “my boys,” but it is never, ever reciprocated. He can’t do anything for himself. I am expected to do everything!

He works from home, and usually starts drinking at around noon. He averages around 15 beers a day.

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I have been sober for one year. Talking to him in the evening is out of the question. He is a complete jerk when he has been drinking.

How do I talk to him about his selfishness?

My good feelings toward him are starting to change. I have pulled away and stopped “spoiling” him like I used too.

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Please, how do we fix this? How do I tell him, “You’re self-absorbed and impatient. You never think of anyone but yourself. You don’t do anything for anyone.”

Feeling Different

Dear Different: Talk is cheap, and impossible if the person you are trying to reason with is drunk and belligerent.

What you see as your own nurturing behavior, I see as enabling.

There is a distinction between “taking care of my boys” and actually promoting your alcoholic partner’s selfish behavior. You are doing the latter.

You have helped to create a monster and now you want the monster to stop being a monster, even though he is simply behaving according to what he has been taught.

I think it might clarify your next move if you examined, recognized, and held yourself accountable for your role in this household dynamic.

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