How is it that I am a married woman in my thirties with 2 kids of my own having left home some 14 years ago yet my mum can still make me feel about 4 years old when she comes to my house and criticises everything I do?? From the way my house is, to the way my kids behave, to the way my husbands shirts get ironed?? Why can’t she just be content and let me be happy and for once say that I am doing a great job? I wish I wouldn’t let it get to me so much but your mothers approval always seems to be the strongest one. Anyone else have this problem and any ideas how to deal with it and not let it affect my mood so much?