A difficult family member
I have a difficult family member. My mother, bless her heart, is rather open about the fact that she wishes my partner made more money. That’s just how she is though. She actually does love him. I’ve tried to explain to him many times that my mom is critical of everyone she loves—that there’s no such thing as a universe in which she just doesn’t criticize. While I don’t think there’s excuse for her negativity, I also know that it doesn’t mean she doesn’t love him.