Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is on weekly to chat live with readers. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Things were going great for me, my daughter and my relationship with "Tim." Tim and I were set up by a mutual friend who is a professor at the college my daughter attends. I feel like I am in a horribly-written daytime soap opera. Parenting, Dating: I've been divorced for five years, raised a wonderful daughter who is in her fourth year of college, and started dating a wonderful man one year ago.What was your family like when you were growing up?My parents had me when they were 18 — they met in high school and I was conceived on prom night.
She has bipolar disorder and some other mental health issues.
Every month Maggi Stamp, a qualified and experienced relationship counsellor for Relate and in private practice, writes about some of the emotional challenges we meet in later life.
For reasons of confidentiality Maggi never writes about a particular person's problems unless you have sent one in to be answered, but all her examples are based on problems raised by clients, family and friends over the years.
He comes home mainly every other weekend, and his girlfriend goes up to visit him at university when he doesn't come to us. "In vacations he spends most of his time at his girlfriend's flat, which is in the same town where we live. Her parents are divorced and both are remarried, and she is determined to remain close to her mother.
"After a long and fruitful discussion about we, his parents, needing to remain part of his life, we eventually accepted that we would not be seeing so much of him.