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    Anxiety and insomnia most of life - need good ideas
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    Anon_11642 posted:
    Hi - am 72 years old and in pretty good health. I have a son and daughter. My son lives here and we get along good - I help a lot with his son who is 7. My problem is my relationship with my daughter.


    She has 3 children 17, 15 and 11. She lives 2.5 hours from here. I don't see her much. Am always nice when I see her children but I know I am not the favorite grandma with these girls. They are nice girls - they don't come up to visit often as I live in a small town and they get bored. I do get very anxious when they do come during holidays - they get bored fast. To the point I am writing their other grandma on the dad's side is "cool" - they are in New York City now where their grandma and their aunt took them and pics posted on facebook every day they are there. I try not to let it bother me - I don't have the stamina and can't travel much due to my anxiety about not sleeping so that's why I'm here.


    Been this way for over 40 years. My husband will take me to Kansas City for a few days this summer - we keep it low key and stay at same place but I feel like a failure as a grandma to these children - my son's son who lives her we get along fine and no problem there.


    How do I get over my guilt? I'm just a stay at home grandma - like a quiet life but am jealous of people who can really have a fun life? Hope someone can answer me and make me feel better. I do a lot of knitting and am making each grandchild a shawl or a blanket to keep them warm in cold weather - I only see these three grandchildren during holidays. When I ask my daughter if I can come down for a visit I would like to stay 2 nights but she always gives me the "busy" act which I know she is as her husband travels a lot but never invites me unless it is a holiday or something. She is a good wife and mother - but think she doesn't like me because of my anxiety about sleep issues - just a mother with issues.


    Will look and see if someone replies - would really appreciate it. Thank you for listening.


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