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Relationsh­ip with daughter seems superficia­l at best

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

DEAR ABBY » My wife and I were divorced six years ago. Our 26-yearold daughter has always been close to her mother and my former inlaws. When my ex and I separated, she was 20. When we divorced a year later, she sided with her mother, which I expected. Since the divorce, I have seen my daughter only at Christmas and on Father’s Day. She does not visit me or communicat­e with me otherwise.

I have continued to be open and generous with her, and she sends me a list of items I can choose for her birthday and Christmas. I have bought her the jewelry, electronic­s and other higher-end items she requested. She doesn’t seem to want my involvemen­t in her life unless it satisfies her material desires.

Should I continue to be so generous with her because she’s my daughter, or does a time come when it needs to end? Should I do the same?

— Dad of Divorce

in Canada

DEAR DAD » I think so. In fact, I think you should have become less generous when she started distancing from you.

Not knowing the reason for your divorce, I can’t guess why she “sided” with her mother and her mother’s parents. If the reason was infidelity on your part, rather than a mutual agreement that the marriage wasn’t working, I could understand the dynamics of what has been going on. But relationsh­ips are supposed to be reciprocal — at least on some level. This one clearly isn’t, so under these circumstan­ces, I wouldn’t blame you for closing your wallet. Send her a card with a small gift of YOUR choosing this Christmas and see how that goes.

DEAR ABBY » I have decided not to socialize with anyone in my apartment building. We are a community, but I have lost two so-called friends because I wasn’t “flexible enough” to make shopping trips on a whim. Another person complained that I knocked on the door too early or phoned too early. I didn’t do these things with malice. I just didn’t know.

I have always had problems interactin­g with others. What do you think?

— Alone for Now

DEAR ALONE » Relationsh­ips are about two-way communicat­ion. If someone dropped you because you called or knocked on their door too early, all they had to do was say, “I’m never up before 10, so please don’t try to interact with me before then.” The people who were angry because you couldn’t drive them on their errands were looking for a ride, not friendship. And please do not allow others to judge you or make you isolate yourself.

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