Sincerely: I’m really worried about my daughter and niece – to the point where I’m considering contacting social services.
My daughter’s behavior seems more erratic than ever. For example, last month, she decided to take the kids on a last-minute trip to Disneyland.
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She doesn’t care that they’ll miss a week of school, or that she’s spent more than £2,000 dropping a hat.
She is 35 years old and single, and I am her 67 year old dad.
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Her house is often messy and a few times I have done the laundry myself.
She doesn’t seem to think about how chaotic all of this is for her kids, 7 and 3 year olds.
DEIDRE SAYS: You’re right, this sounds very chaotic for your grandchildren.
Perhaps your daughter is struggling with raising two kids and running the house. That long trip was probably her way of avoiding it all.
Sit down and ask her how she feels. Just having someone open hearted can help.
If you are concerned about her mental health or behavior, encourage her to see a doctor.
And maybe you can organize a normal day when you take the kids out or help with the housework?
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