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Continued: Ask Amy: Dad worries himself into his daughter's trap

Amy says: If being a quasi-sibling means that this friend freezes you out, then that doesn’t speak well for sibling relationships. The thing about being a sibling is that you are basically forced to confront problems (eventually), because siblings have a way of turning up — at holidays, etc., over the course of a lifetime.

Marshal the bravery to say to her, “I wish you’d tell me what’s eating you. I miss our friendship and would like to work things out.” It would be hard for her to put up her dukes in the face of such gentle prodding.

On board with baby

Dear Amy: I related to the letter from the grandmother whose daughter’s same-sex partner was giving birth to the couple’s child. This new grandmother worried about her connection to the baby because the child wouldn’t bear their name. I was in the exact same situation with the same insecurities. Once you hold that child, it all melts away.

Amy says: How wonderful. Thank you.

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