Uncovering the Truth
She discovered a bank statement showing a $40,000 personal loan in her name that she never took. Puzzled, she decided to call the bank. That’s when her husband confessed to stealing her NRIC and pay slip to secure the loan without her knowledge. The truth was even darker.
A Frugal Life
Together with her husband, they saved every cent, believing they were poorer than they actually were. They lived in a landed property, while their seemingly richer friends lived in government flats. She thought her husband was prudent with money, and they focused on providing values rather than wealth to their children.
The Charming, Yet Manipulative Husband
Her husband was successful in his career, genuinely nice at least on the surface, and even charming at times. However, she eventually realized an underlying pattern of self-absorption. He couldn’t empathize or understand others’ thoughts.
Throughout their marriage, her husband claimed he would support her in anything but often disparaged her, eroding her self-esteem. He criticized her looks, abilities, and personality, making her feel inadequate and unworthy. Despite his seemingly nice and charming demeanor, his words left lasting damage on her self-worth.
A Fighter’s Spirit
Looking back, she sees herself as a fighter, much like how she grew up poor in Singapore during the 1970s/80s. She is resilient, hardworking, and tenacious. But she constantly doubts her worth and fears her husband’s hidden secrets.
The Shocking Truth
After 30 years, the truth emerged. Her husband didn’t take the loan himself; he gave her ID and pay slip to his friend to borrow money in her name for gambling debts. She worried about how many other banks her ID deceived and why her husband didn’t consider her welfare.
Familiarity with Mistreatment
She persevered for three more decades because she was used to mistreatment since childhood. Are you inadvertently teaching your child to accept mistreatment?
Empowering Our Children
We want our children to recognize genuine love and care and build nurturing relationships. If they face mistreatment, we must teach them assertiveness, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, self-awareness, and resilience.
Reserving Love and Care
Teach your children to reserve forgiveness, patience, love, and care for those who deserve it. By doing this, they will handle challenging personalities better and thrive in a world where manipulative individuals might be lurking.
Are you too busy focusing on your child’s academic or sporting results to nurture them emotionally?