My wife won’t speak to my daughters and her kid treats them like dirt

DEAR DEIDRE: IT seems it’s one rule for my wife’s kids in our home and another rule for mine – and I’m fed up with it.

My wife won’t speak to my daughters, who are 22 and 23, and it’s breaking my heart.

We’ve been married for five years. Things seemed OK initially but then my wife started finding fault with everything they do. My wife has a daughter of 18 and a son who’s 15.

They live with us and at times they show no respect. In fact, I’d say her daughter treats us like dirt.

Now it feels like my daughters are no longer welcome in our home. Do I have to leave my wife to maintain a relationship with them?

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DEIDRE SAYS: No, that would be such a shame. It sounds as if your wife is jealous of your daughters.

Perhaps she sees traits of their mother in them and if you two had an unhappy separation, this is causing her some upset.

In a quiet moment, explain you can’t go on treating the children so differently; that when you married, you all came as a package and if she can’t work through these issues, your relationship will be in crisis.

My Stepfamily Problems support pack will show you where to find help to sort this out.

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