Par­ents want free­dom from un­grate­ful kids


Dear Abby: My wife and I raised two chil­dren — a son who is a suc­cess­ful doc­tor and a daugh­ter who is a mul­ti­post-grad botanist. We are 72 now, in mod­er­ately fail­ing health and very suc­cess­ful.

Our chil­dren were raised prop­erly. We gave them all they would ever need to suc­ceed and be happy. How­ever, nei­ther one is in­ter­ested in a lov­ing re­la­tion­ship with us. Hol­i­days to­gether are strained.

Frankly, I’m quite sick of both of them. They are in­con­sid­er­ate, in­sen­si­tive and standof ish. We make no de­mands on ei­ther of them. They never in­vite us to any­thing. We want to move away and dis­ap­pear. What do you think? — Enough Al­ready, in Cal­i­for­nia

Dear Enough: Peo­ple can dis­ap­pear with­out phys­i­cally mov­ing away, as your chil­dren have al­ready demon­strated. Have you tried ask­ing them why they are so dis­tant? Un­less you do, noth­ing will change. Be­cause hol­i­days are strained, cel­e­brate with those whose com­pany you en­joy.

Dear Abby: My six­th­grade grand­son is in a 2 1/2-hour so­cial stud­ies class. He told me that dur­ing that time the teacher texts at least six times. I think this de­prives the stu­dents of valu­able in­struc­tional time. My daugh­ter hasn’t spo­ken to the prin­ci­pal about it — yet. I won­der when this con­cern will be ex­pressed by other par­ents and dis­cussed in your col­umn. — Time to Learn in Texas

Dear Time to Learn: Has your daugh­ter dis­cussed this with the par­ents of the other stu­dents? If she hasn’t, she should, be­cause they may not be aware of what the teacher is do­ing. If they ind it as con­cern­ing as you and your daugh­ter do, they should ap­proach the prin­ci­pal.

Con­tact Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

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