My parents make more effort with my step-sister than they do with me

DEAR DEIDRE: WHILE I live close to my mum and stepdad, they make little effort to see me – but they go and see my step-sister who lives over two hours away.

I’m a 34-year-old single woman and I have had a good relationship with my parents for many years.


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I’ve always made the effort to see them and enjoyed their company.

My step-sister had a baby girl four months ago and she sees my parents regularly. My parents even seem to hide their visits to her from me.

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It’s beginning to get me down.

I don’t want to end up resenting them, but it seems that unless I have a baby, they’re not interested.

DEIDRE SAYS: Please don’t let sibling rivalry spoil what could be a happy extended family, even though it must hurt.

Your mum and stepdad are so wrapped up in the new addition to the family – they are not doing it on purpose. Some people are just not self-aware.

There’s a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren based on love and pure joy.

Becoming a grandparent is one of the most special moments of their life, mainly because of this bond.

Be happy for them and your new niece.

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