Sadly, I don’t get on with his daugh­ter...

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Me and my new hus­band’s 20-yearold daugh­ter just don’t gel at all. Ev­ery­one seems to love her, but when we’re alone, she makes it very clear she doesn’t like me. I’ve tried so hard to bond with her, but she likes to re­mind me she’s ‘al­ready got a mum’. I don’t want it to af­fect my re­la­tion­ship with my hus­band, but it’s al­ready hav­ing an im­pact, as she’s round at least three nights a week and it’s tense. What can I do to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion?

Jayne, 53, Not­ting­ham

It’s quite pos­si­ble your step­daugh­ter sees you and thinks, ‘Why can’t my par­ents still be to­gether?’ But you can’t MAKE her love or like you. I’d sug­gest that you be as wel­com­ing and kind as you can when she vis­its. I’m sure it will set­tle down in time.

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