I can relate. Mum is a true phsyco, who abused both me and brother physically and mentally whem we were growing up. She would now given half the chance and I'm 43. My older brother (an active dub and elder has nothing to with her).
I suffered many severe beatings, pulling of our hair during the meetings. Forced to sit quiet for two hours a little kids on a saturday afternoon to prepare us for meetings. At home she would whip us with a belt.
When my brother was very little he swore and she made him eat porridge with washing up liquid in it.
I was late home from a friends once and missed the meeting and was locked out of the house all night - I was 13.
When she read the daily text she would inevtiably find ways of chastising us, which would lead into a rage and beating just before school.
When I got older I was frequently asked if I masturbated and told how bad i was. My friends were interviewed for suitability and I had to give them a youth book or bible stories book.
We had to go every Saturday and Sunday morning to field service and complete at least 2 hours on a Saturday and 1 on Sunday. We would have a family study (another opportunity to berate and chastise) on a monday night. An elder would study with us on Wednesady or Friday. Tuesday was the book study.
Yes my childhood was a shit. Sadly I made my kids early childhood shit too!
I am so glad my kids will no longer have to suffer the pointless restictions and abuse that parents are made to inflict on their kids by the WTS. I am so sorry that my daughter has had 9 years and my son 7, of going to meetings and not celebrating birthdays, christmas easter and halloween. I am so sorry that I was strict with them at the meetings (not quite as bad as my mother - but still ultra intolerant), trying to get them to pay attention, to BS spouted from the platform. I did it so that the congregation could see a good example of a family unit, to prove that I was good cult elder.
I hope they forgive me, because I don't think I can forgive my mother.