Dear Dr. G.,
I know you usually help parents but as you are an expert in all things teenage I was wondering if you could help me? I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm having trouble getting along with my parents.
My mum remarried a few years ago but I feel like I've now just become an inconvenience to her new relationship. I really want to be as close to her as I used to be but she never wants to talk to me now because as soon as my stepdad gets home she leaves me to go and talk to him. When I spend time with both of them they discuss work and things which I'm not really part of and if I try to bring up a neutral topic it's quickly changed.
Just wondering how to go about having a better relationship with my mum and stepdad rather than just avoiding being home which is what I'm doing at the moment.
Any advice would be hugely appreciated as the whole situation has been making me really sad for a while.
I am so honored that you have written to me. I am happy to answer the questions of both parents and teens. They are equally important.I love and admire how you have identified and described the problem that you want to change. I understand why you are sad. It seems like you have lost the attention of your mother and are unsure how to engage both your mother and stepfather.