It’s mom’s job to stop you from making reckless decisions and help you make the right ones. All those lectures, fights, and punishments are necessary in order to raise a decent human being. Sometimes, however, there’s a limit to how much your mom can manage your life. If she’s constantly disapproving of every decision you make, chances are she’s trying to control you. It can, however, be tricky to distinguish if your mom just cares about you or cares too much. This is why it’s important to understand the signs your mom is too controlling.
Although, according to Psych Central, grief or feelings of loneliness could explain a controlling mom's behavior, overly-controlling parents can create lifelong psychological damage on children. In a study from the University College London, which tracked a group of people born in the 1940s for more than 70 years, those who reported their parents intruded on their privacy or encouraged dependence were more likely to score low in surveys of happiness and well-being throughout their lives. In other words, the effects of a controlling mom are real. If you’re unsure whether your mom’s behavior classifies as controlling, read on before her bad habits take a toll on you.