Following my last post describing my 'NO' to my daughter to sharing her bed with her boyfriend, the collapse of that relationship has been and gone and it wasn't hard to see coming.
Most of us have had to deal with the pain of breaking up and in her case, I think hers had occurred at a much earlier date than the official date of parting ways.
Still, since that single status applied, she has met and moved out of home with another guy. He seems a decent guy, as were the others.
Sadly, in this case, there are problems. My daughter is being treated for depression and at the same time, having relationship problems. It's no good saying 'we told you so' because that doesn't help anything.
Her and her guy really seemed good together which makes it a little more difficult when the two are on the verge of parting ways. Quite a few factors have contributed to rising tensions and misunderstandings within the relationship and things are on a tenuous path.
The difficult part is not being able to help. My daughter has to sort this problem and deal with her hurt. As a dad, I want to fix things, but I can't. It's not good having to watch your kids hurt. All I can do is be there if she wants to unload.
Yet again, this is a reminder of what my parents experienced with myself and my siblings. Family life has lots of tough times to get through and feeling helpless about my daughter lets me appreciate my elderly parents yet again.