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My daughters had a huge blowout here on Christmas night after

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My daughters had a huge blowout here on Christmas night after we had a really lovely morning. The oldest daughter is demanding that my husband and I go to marriage counseling and told us in a furry that she would not talk to us for a week. She convinced the younger one to leave with her and take this stand with her as well.
The oldest has set up a conference call on Sunday to see what kind of progress we have made.
My husband is recuperating from a colon cancer operation and is currently going through chemo and feels terrible. His company is also going through a major downturn and he may end up going under.
Under these circumstances....how would you respond to the oldest's demands with regard to this conference call?

Hello,

Although your daughter may be correct in theory, she has no right to demand that her parents go for marital therapy. During this particular moment one would expect more understanding and empathy. I would tell my daughter that we welcome her back, but the issue of marriage counseling is off the table until or unless dad rings it up. I can just imagine that you have no support and have the roughest job of all. You might ask your daughters to provide you with some support during this extremely rough time.

 

 

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Ralph LMHC

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