A Lonely Dad and Leaving out a Friend for 10/20/2017
Dear Family Coach
Dear Family Coach: I’ve always been a very involved dad. But now that my children are in sixth and ninth grade, they no longer need me. I’m constantly begging them to do something with me, and when they can’t, I make them feel guilty. I don’t mean to do it. I’m just so sad they are so busy. I’m feeling rejected. What can I do to make the kids spend more time with me? —All Alone Dad
Dear Dad: What a pity party you’ve got going! I’m not sure I’d want to spend time with you either. Laying on the guilt and begging the kids may increase your chances they will hang out with you. But it won’t make them enjoy it.
Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017