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Daughter says that I don't care.

Byline: DEAR LINDA

I KNOW my daughter has a stressful job and is raising her son as a single parent, but I don't know what to do for the best.

If I phone her too often, or pop round more than once a week, she gets short-tempered with me and shouts at me sometimes. I feel so uncomfortable that I tend to end the conversations or leave.

The trouble is, if I leave her alone, thinking I'm a nuisance, she then accuses me of not caring about her. Is there some middle way of approaching her? Anon. Pontypridd LINDA SAYS: Difficult! Your daughter obviously has no problem with a bit of plain speaking at all. It may be a case of her being able to dish it out but not being able to take it.

Stand back. Don't ring. Don't pop round. Don't give a damn if she gives you evils.

When you get the inevitable 'you don't care' speech, let her know that you care like there's no tomorrow, which is why you feel that not getting embroiled in silly games avoids ache in both heart and ear. Tell her that if she wants support she knows where to look..
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2009
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