DEAR DEIDRE: ALL the arguing between my partner and her daughter is doing my head in. I can’t stand their relationship.
I am 63 and my partner is 51. We’ve been together for four years. Her daughter is 17.
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I have never seen a mum and daughter clash as much as these two – they disagree on practically everything.
A big issue is my step-daughter’s dress sense.
My partner says her clothes are too short and tight.
But my equally obstinate step-daughter goes out to buy more to spite her mum.
Not a day goes by without them having a screaming match. I’m always stuck in the middle of it.
I love them both but it’s exhausting, not to mention stressful, having to live with them.
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I’m not sure whether I should sit back or finally say something.
I keep holding out hope this is just a phase between them. It’s really getting me down.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Your partner and stepdaughter are creating a toxic home environment.
Tell them both you can’t take much more of these incessant arguments.
Explain you are feeling stressed and it’s causing your mental health to suffer.
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