When I hit "maturity" around 12 or 13, the bottom fell out of my relationship with my parents. I was a real mammy's boy before that too. I guess it was natural becoming a man to try and free yourself up from that. Up until I went to college at 17, it was brim and hell fire in my house as far as the relationship with my parents went. I had a pretty cool girlfriend for a couple years within that time though, so it wasn't all bad. After I left, I found it really difficult to find motivation to keep in touch with my folks. My folks, they raised me with two priorities in mind. 1) To be civilized. 2) To be ambitious. As a result of this, they were always supportive of me in what I did. They funded me through college. They supported me financially whenever I asked. Don't get the wrong idea. They didn't throw money at me for whatever I wanted. I never drank, I never smoked, I never indulged in spending sprees. It was financial support, by example, when I was moving overseas to start my new career after college. I've been gone about five years. Living overseas. Again, it's a struggle trying to stay in touch with them. My mother especially. This is gonna sound a little fucked up - maybe a little Freudian - but my mother speaks to me with a kind of sexual tone in her voice, and often conducts herself in a way toward me that I feel entirely unsuitable given she's my mother. This acts a massive repellant and really makes me want to completely exclude her from my life however I can. I mean, when that begins, immediately I look for an excuse to put the phone down. But, even with the rest of my family, I don't have great communication. We make an effort with each other, but it's never been easy. Outside of that, I feel I'm a good guy, a well balanced person. I have a great career. I'm independent. Train regularly and lift weights, in good shape etc etc. It's all a bit complex and a bit of a mess. I don't think it's going to inhibit me in my day to day life but, it's just funny how poorly my family relationships have went over the years and, they certainly show no signs of improving now.