DEAR DEIDRE: I LIKE my husband’s children from his previous marriage – but I feel they have not welcomed my daughter or her two kids.
My husband and I are both 59 and have been married for 14 years. We have a good relationship.
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He has a son, 28, and a daughter, 26. I have a 32-year-old daughter from my previous marriage.
My daughter lives near us and my step son and step daughter live in Spain.
From the start, whenever they visited, my daughter would invite them for barbecues and always remembered their birthdays. But they never ask after her, include her or get her a gift.
I’m so hurt – on her behalf – I’ve decided to leave their family WhatsApp group.
Now they are asking why I’ve left and I don’t know how to explain myself.
DEIDRE SAYS: Your step son and daughter sound like they are a lot less mindful than your daughter.
I’m sure they haven’t meant to upset anyone – some people simply don’t make a lot of effort with others.
Next time you see them can you simply mention you felt bad being a part of the group without your daughter’s inclusion and know she would so like to be more involved in the WhatsApp group as well as your blended family in general?
That way you are not accusing them of being thoughtless but are clearly asking them to be more mindful.
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