Dear Carolyn: My father recently said he wishes we were closer, like I am to my mom, and asked me if I blame him for their divorce. I truthfully said no.
But haven’t told him the real issue: As soon as I turned 13, he became really dismissive of me. Anytime I got angry, he’d turn to my mom and ask if I had my period. He never wanted to hear what I was reading, thinking, who I had a crush on, what my friends were saying, anything about my life. He’d sit and listen to my brothers for hours about their teenage lives, though.
If anything I caused less trouble than my brothers, but he acted as if I were an airheaded, emotional teenager 24/7.
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