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Posted by Robin Abrahams  February 17, 2013 04:09 AM

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... is online here. The second question is from a mother annoyed that her grown children don't do much for her birthday:
 
My grown children do not acknowledge my birthday, unless you count a brief text or phone message. No cards, no gifts, though I send both to my kids and their spouses. I feel deeply offended on every event that is not acknowledged or spent elsewhere. My feelings have been made clear to them with no change in their behavior. Time for me to stop acknowledging their special days and just concentrate on my grandchildren?
If you're an Adult Child of Parents, what do you do for their birthday? My own mother was born in January, so I usually do just get her a card or call--though if she was hoping for a Christmas present she didn't get, a January birthday is a good time to rectify that.
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