Stepmother clearly disdains family gatherings

Have you ever just asked her: “You look miserable. Is there anything anyone can do for you?” If not cheerfully, then at least in something resembling an upbeat tone.

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September 15, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Dear Carolyn: My parents divorced when I was a toddler. Growing up, birthdays were huge for my sibling and me because they were one of few times all year that we got to hang out with both of our parents at once.

Later, when my dad remarried and had another child, they were even more important as a reminder that we mattered to him. 

However, my stepmother was always a huge downer about this.

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