DEAR JERKASS: I'm a 13-year old boy who loves to play baseball and football. Because of my hard work and dedication over the years, along with the help of my coaches and my dad, I'm pretty good at both sports.
The issue is, my mom does not support me and repeatedly tells me I'm not good at either one. When she says it, it cuts my heart out.
My parents have been divorced since I was 2, and Dad has always done everything for me. Even though he gives me encouragement, it still stings when Mom tells me I'm not good. She constantly says negative and bad things about my dad that I know are not true, but when I defend him she goes crazy with rage. What can I do to get her to stop being so negative? -- VERY DISCOURAGED IN TEXAS
Cut that bitch out of your life. Seriously. If she tells you she loves you, she might be lying, and even if she isn't, no self respecting mother would do or say what she has.
She may have given birth to you, but she isn't acting like a mother. I suggest finding a strong female to see an example of what a good woman should be, so that you can gain perspective and not harbor ill feelings towards the opposite sex, or think that all women are like that.