Do you force your child to visit with dad?

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Do you force your child to visit with dad?
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Sat, 03-31-2012 - 1:53pm
Question: my seven yr old is refusing to spend time with her Dad. I don't know if I should force her or let her skip a time or two. What are your thoughts and experiences?

Thanks
Pepper
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 4:15pm

I would examine why she doesn't want to go--is it just that she "doesn't feel like it"--maybe doesn't want to leave "her" house or do something different, or is there a particular reason--like does dad not spend time w/ her when she is there, maybe watching too much TV and ignoring her, does he have a GF she doesn't like, or worst is he somehow abusive or doing something bad like drinking too much?

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 3:41pm
Thanks for the feedback... Fortunately after three hours, she changed her mind. I called her dad and he picked her up.

She didn't really want to talk about it. She gave me a silly reason like "he shaved his head and I don't want a bald dad." maybe it was too early for her and she wanted to spend more time with me. But thankfully it worked out by the end of the day. I'll just have to see how the next one goes, I guess.

Thanks again.

Lil pepper