My daughter, “Paige,” is 14. Her mother and I divorced four years ago and my ex has always said ugly things about me. Somehow Paige seemed to know these things weren’t true and we had a great relationship. Three months ago, Paige was very disrespectful to me over the phone and I cut off her cell phone when this behavior continued. During this time, I was pursuing a new custody agreement to prevent my ex from using the children to gouge me financially. Paige told me to stop pursing the new agreement or she’d never see me again. Now she won’t talk to me except to threaten to ask a judge to let her refuse visitations. What should I do? — Paige’s dad
Dear Paige’s Dad: Please study each word by Beau, Jennifer and Bird. Advice on this topic doesn’t get better. As for Shelby’s advice — it’s a harsh delivery, but you can take it to the bank. — Lauren
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