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The things we hear about "love" as a child (and adult) are confusing, conflicting, and often do not at all reflect how "love" actually feels. Radio plays songs that describe "love" as a most extreme feeling. Same for half of anything they can watch in movies or television. (Some) religion require you to "love" both ...


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TL;DR Don't push them together, leave them to work it out themselves. Explain to your daughter that he just needs to have some space to do boy things, and that he'll come round in time. We have a 7 year old introvert son who likes to have his own space, and a 4 year old extrovert daughter who likes to see what her biological brother is up to. This often ...


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I agree with the first answer, it sounds like normal sibling stuff – especially since the age gap is so large. I wouldn't stress about it too much but would encourage activities you can all do together as a family (movies, board games etc.)


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When my son went to prison, his wife and I maintained a close relationship, even though they divorced. To their children, I am still "grandma" and to the ex-wife, I am still "Mom". I guess we didn't know how to switch comfortably to anything else. She has remarried now, but I'm still "Mom." I don't know what she calls her ...


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should I be approaching it differently? You say you sulk for a little while. I strongly suggest you don't. Simply disregard what your son says about not liking/loving you. Most likely, it's not true. Instead, immediately answer him with something like "well, you don't have to like me. I love you very much anyway, and always will." I don't think ...


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