My ‘cool’ dad is an em­barass­ment

Clutha Leader - - OTAGO SHEARING & WOOLHANDLING -

‘‘This is your Dad, and so you are the one who has to de­cide how to deal with him.’’

Per­haps you’re be­ing over­sen­si­tive and it’s not too bad. It’s quite pos­si­ble that your friends are shrug­ging their shoul­ders and think­ing, oh, that’s just so-and-so’s old man. Ask your­self how much no­tice you take of your friends’ par­ents?

It seems to me that groups of guys are of­ten very ac­cept­ing if some­one is con­stantly too much. They have a laugh, give that per­son a bru­tally hon­est nick­name and then leave them to carry on as they were.

But this is your Dad, and so you are the one who has to de­cide how to deal with him.

I would of­fer you two pieces of ad­vice. One is, if you do say some­thing, be kind to him. Per­haps some­thing like, ‘‘The guys like hav­ing you around but some­times we need to talk about stuff that we can’t talk about in front of you.’’

The op­tion is to con­sider say­ing noth­ing at all. The world is full of dads who don’t care and don’t make an ef­fort or en­cour­age their chil­dren to so­cialise.

You can get away from your

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