Daughter withholds grandchildren
June 5, 2012 12:10PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:30AM
Dear Annie: For the third time, my daughter has called to verbally abuse me. The first time, I refused to listen, and she withheld her children from us. We had helped raise our oldest grandchild, and she kept him away for a year. The second time she pulled this stunt, she showed up two years later in need of financial help. She also had a new baby we’d never seen. We forgave her.
She is now practicing this vicious tactic for the third time. We have decided we are too old to deal with this. We’ve redone our will. Our son will inherit the bulk of the estate, and our daughter will be given a pittance so she cannot claim we’ve overlooked her. No one should have to take abuse in order to see their grandchildren.
Three Strikes You’re Out
Dear Three: We agree. But how heartbreaking for you. Our condolences.
Dear Annie: Your response to “Ready To Settle Down” was excellent, but didn’t go quite far enough. When I was newly divorced, someone gave me the best advice I’ve ever received. It has gotten me through some pretty rocky moments, and hopefully, it will inspire “Ready” to rethink her desire to be with the lazy creep now in her life. “The only thing worse than being alone is wishing you were.”
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