Life Advice



Ask Amy: Mother-daughter estrangement remains a mystery

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I have a question about my daughter.

She and I were estranged from the time she was 16 until she was 28.

I don't know why this estrangement happened. I haven't asked — and I won't.

We're back together now, and now we have the relationship I've always wanted.

She visited me for a week over the holidays and we had a wonderful time.

She and I are going to Ireland on holiday in October.


I'm concerned that I might do the same thing that alienated her years ago, but not knowing what it was, I can't monitor my behavior against it.

Should I ask her to tell me if I annoy her? (Annoyances are bound to happen.)

Should I keep quiet and hope for the best?

– Adoring Mom


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