DEAR DEIDRE: BEING alone with my boyfriend’s son scares me, as he’s always making nasty comments.
I’m 26, my boyfriend is 40 and his son is 22.
I moved in with them a year ago. If I have an opinion on anything the son will shoot me down.
I feel uncomfortable when he’s around.
My boyfriend thinks he’s caring and doesn’t catch on that his son can be nasty.
But then my partner is sometimes nasty to me, too.
Is this why he doesn’t see there is anything wrong?
I’m close to my family and we are kind to each other.
I don’t feel my boyfriend’s house is my home.
DEIDRE SAYS: The son had his dad’s full attention before you arrived on the scene, so he sees you as a rival for his dad’s love.
He may also resent his dad having such a young girlfriend.
Perhaps he may even fancy you and not know how to handle his feelings.
Maybe making spiky comments is par for the course between your boyfriend and his son.
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But it’s making you feel uncomfortable, so it’s unacceptable when you’re around.
Tell your boyfriend you find the comments upsetting and you want them both to stop.
If they don’t, best move on.
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