Dear Dad: My stepdaughter Krystal has a toxic relationship with her mother. Both fought alcoholism. The mother caused some serious damage that ended the possibility of Crystal regaining custody of her 6-year-old son. My husband and I hired a lawyer to help her fight for her rights, and we’ve brought her to our house twice. The last time she was out of the hospital right after she nearly killed herself with alcohol poisoning.
Fast forward: Krystal tries to mend her relationship with her mother, and now we’re like a second. What was once a daily phone conversation now only happens when I call. When we try to visit them, they make excuses, and they have only visited us twice in the past 6 months. Her last plan was to stay overnight with us and spend the next day with her mother.