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Ask Amy: Step-children offer humiliation as their gift

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 10 years.

We each have two grown children from previous marriages.

My children love and accept my husband as family.

My husband's children have never accepted me.

I met their father years after their parents divorced, so I was in no way a cause of their break-up.

An example of their behavior toward me is when they visit for Christmas each year, they bring their father a Christmas gift and wish him a Merry Christmas, while they completely ignore me.


I am left sitting there with a feeling of disbelief.

I've spoken to my husband about my feelings, but it doesn't really help.

He says his family is dysfunctional.

What should I do?


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