I am 27. Since my parents split up 17 years ago my relationship with my Dad has never been the same. I talk to him perhaps once a week and see him maybe twice a year. However, all the affection has gone. Our meetings are very civil but I don't see him as someone "safe" that I could share my problems with.
He remarried about 8 years ago and now takes much more interest in his new extended family than the relationship he has with me and my Sister. I can understand people moving on and he did always encourage me to be independent and not rely on him. However, I really want to have a father-son relationship with him. He is a good man.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation? I have decided that it is now up to me to try and take responsibility for this and try and forge the links between him and the rest of our family.
I need to speak to him soon and offer the olive branch, does anyone have any experience in a similar situation?
Thanks in advance
I also like the idea of telling him what you said here. Of course, he may not want to; but I think it's very possible he'll be delighted.