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"Dear Carol, I love my grandma, but she can be difficult"

Dear Carol,
My grandma moved in with us, and I had to give her my room and move to the basement. I love my grandma, but I don't really like her right now. She’s always sad and acts like she’s lost. I’m not talkative, so our conversations last about five seconds. I had a dream about her falling down the stairs. My mom says I’m too negative, but I can’t help it. I kinda hate myself now.
—Negative

Dear Negative,
Don’t hate yourself. It is natural to feel less than pleased about giving up your room. Accept your mixed feelings. Can you say, “Mom, I respect you for inviting Grandma to live with us, but I wish you’d acknowledge that it’s a bit difficult”? A silver lining: Summer is the season for sleeping over at friends’ homes.

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by Maggie Medoff | 7/10/2017
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