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Anonymousse
April 23, 2024 at 9:20 pm #1128892

Maybe she feels as if you are judging her parenting? Have you been making little barbed comments like “baby mama” and “keeping my niece away from me?” My crazy mother recently said I was keeping her grandchildren away from her and I cannot tell you how that made me blow my lid. She doesn’t attempt a relationship with my kids, and as a parent, you have to cut your losses and carefully explain away why granny in AZ is so weird and you don’t see her much. It’s not easy trying to sculpt something more pleasant for the kids out of a shitty situation. Perhaps you remind her of her ex and it’s as simple as that? Be nice. No one deserves access to a child, even family. I don’t care how good you think it’ll be, her mother’s peace of mind matters most because she has to take care of the kid. Are you kind? Compassionate? Easy going? Show up with food and something fun for the kid? Be good to her and she’ll allow you around. Be patient.