My 5-year-old daughter asked me the other day if I ever thought about what it would be like to have a Mother help us out once in a while.
It threw me off because she was literally reading my mind.
Well, maybe she just saw my frustration as I scrambled on the phone to get her a dentist appointment that her Mother said she would handle.
I should have known better. It wasn’t that long ago that we were surprised with 4 immunization shots that our daughter was behind on.
I was preparing her for just one shot at the doctor. You can imagine how that went.
She grinned at me and said, “Daddy, you should know her by now” which are the exact words I used to say to her when gaslighting was happening by her covert narcissist Mother.
This made me smile because our daughter has not always seen her Mother’s evil side.
However, if you know anything about the mind of a covert narcissist then you will understand that smear campaigns against me have been going on for years.
Of course, it’s nice to see our daughter finally see the truth but it is also heartbreaking to see that at such a young age she is going to have to be the parent in her own house.
The image of super mom is played to the public, but behind closed doors, it’s a much scarier reality.
Unfortunately, dealing with a covert narcissist mother who knows how to play the system with the victim card is rocky waters, to say the least.
The manipulation is sickening. If I dare bring this up to somebody, my ass is on the line.
Because when you are faced with a narcissistic parent there is always a motive for every action. No matter how small it is.
Sure, I can get the ministry involved and tell them all about the neglect that happens with our daughter.
However, with so many false calls from her enablers, also known as flying monkeys, any calls for child protection will be looked at as malicious.
This would put me on trial fighting for my daughter again. I learned how to inflict narcissistic injury, a wound of shame that almost ended me. Covert narcissistic injury and revenge is a scary thing to experience.
With that being said, there are three golden words a covert narcissist can use to alter reality and ultimately destroy you.
What is a covert narcissist Mother?
Before we dig into the disturbing behavior that you may have endured, there are two main kinds of covert mother and their narcissistic personality.
The effects of a narcissistic mother on her daughter need to be addressed sooner than later and I hope you can identify your own so your healing can finally start.
The first, which is my ex-spouse, is the ignoring Mother. The second is the engulfing Mother.
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How do narcissistic mothers treat their daughters?
Although there are two very different personalities of a narcissistic mother, they are also quite much the same.
I realized that our daughter’s nails were never cut, and very dirty when she would come back after a week with her Mother.
Confronting her Mother about this would only lead to emotional abuse and possibly physical abuse.
I am more than educated on the mind of a covert narcissist, so I know how to approach these situations to avoid narcissistic rage.
I did my part by taking care of our daughter in spite of her sick Mother. Of course, at the same time, I was also hoping that perhaps the teachers would see this neglect during her week of taking her to school.
Clear signs of a covert narcissist Mother are that they never wants to be caught by their actions. They avoid shame at all costs.
So things covert narcissists say can be extremely subtle.
Imagine if I tried to prove this one. Impossible.
I would be pulled into court to have my mental health checked to see if I am a fit parent or not.
I know this from experience, the allegations immediately make people look at you like an unfit parent that is mentally unstable.
They can do it as many times as they see fit enough to harass you, and ultimately make you leave your children.
With that being said, she has managed to hide her neglect once again.
On top of that, increasing the chances of spreading germs, becoming sick, and our daughter’s teeth being harmed.
While this may seem petty to you, these little things add up.
Co-parenting with a covert is a full-time job as you try to make sure your daughter is protected from the abusive actions that the system won’t listen to.
Of course, our daughter does know that at least somebody is understanding her pain. Believe me, she shows me love you could never explain.
Along with sabotaging their own daughter’s mental health, they will ruin a Father’s relationship with them as well.
This includes any immediate family members and teachers that are involved with a Father.
I knew my child was starting kindergarten, so a smear campaign against me was obvious. Arranging an interview with the teacher before our daughter started school was my first battle.
Clearly, the Mother wanted to meet the teacher by herself first. However, I was not going to let that happen.
I put the pieces together with what my daughter was telling me, and God bless her soul for being a Daddy’s girl. (Her Mother absolutely hates this, obviously)
Unfortunately, by the time I went to the interview the damage had been already started. I could tell by the vibe in the room and how my daughter was acting.
I do not blame her for listening to her Mother, because she knows how to keep herself safe from the dangerous narcissistic abuse.
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I said hello to people in the school and they would walk right by me. The teacher wouldn’t look me in the face.
Questions about how I disciplined my child arose, seemed a little odd but by then I had figured it out.
I knew that the covert narcissist mother had set her claws into the school and put everybody against me.
Remaining calm during everything is something I could not have done a couple of years ago.
So what did I do?
I quickly drove home and printed out all the false allegations against me from child protection, the outrageous court dates, and a polite letter about how her mother is sick, and I only want my daughter protected from it.
Although I have beat a narcissist in court and taught many others the same thing….there was no way I am going back to the devil’s playground.
I clearly stated in the letter that it was all for the sake of facts, and not to bash her Mother. I did not want another repeat of narcissistic triangulation.
I was painted as an abuser by our daughter’s daycare and they joined with her Mother by doing subtle abuse on our daughter.
The work I put in was a success. The Mother was thankfully not notified of me exposing her and this avoids her going into a furious rage, which is what I was afraid of.
I am treated extremely well at our daughter’s school, completely involved with pictures being sent everyday of her new journey with education.
This does not mean I keep my guard down, leaving a covert narcissist is a struggle. However, it taught me a lot about who people can really be deep down inside.
After divorcing a narcissist it was clear that they will never stop the devious manipulations and I fully accept the fact that there aren’t any breaks.
How do you parent when your ex is a covert narcissist?
It may be true that a covert narcissist mother will always avoid being caught on their abuse, it doesn’t mean that they will not physically abuse your children.
Physical abuse happened to our child more than once. There were many times I thought I had finally outplayed a narcissist at their own game.
After taking our daughter to the hospital with clear proof, a child protection worker closed the file without looking at the forensic nurses clear finding of abuse.
She told me that I was abusing my child by bringing her to the hospital too much. Outrageous.
However, I will always do my part to protect our child because she respects the fact that even though everybody is against me…I will do whatever I can to keep her safe.
If you are in the same situation, I highly recommend you continue to take your child. They need somebody to show them that they are cared about.
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The worst part of parenting with an impossible co-parent is how lonely the battle is that seems to never end.
I can only be blunt and say that it will not end anytime soon, and it is likely to get much worse.
Stay on your guard, and make sure that you always keep your children protected from narcissistic abuse.
I spent a long time listening to people who told me that, “The mother will get better don’t worry”
As I type this post…I would still be waiting on that miracle.
I didn’t educate myself on the damage that a covert narcissist can do on your children. Nobody is educated enough on these demons.
I had no idea that these people even existed. However, now I can smell a Narcissist from a mile away.
Even better, my daughter is able to understand how to protect herself from narcissistic abuse, and understands the importance of treating people the way they should be treated.
She understands her Mother is sick, and there is nothing we can do about it.
It’s still her Mother, so I fully understand that it will take a while for her to develop enough to really understand and grieve the Mother who was never there.
I still have a lot of work to do on myself, and my child. I can only imagine the pain of having a covert narcissist Mother who doesn’t actually love you, and only uses you as a negotiating tool.
With that being said, we are going to stay positive regardless of who or what is in our way.