My granddaughter's father is a let down – he never shows up on his visiting days | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: IT breaks my heart to see my granddaughter hurt when her daddy doesn’t turn up for a visit.

She’s only eight and is a sensitive soul.

I’m her grandad and I’m 59. Her dad is bad news.

He’s got a history of addiction to alcohol and drugs and has convictions for attacking my daughter.

He’s 39 and my daughter is 35. My daughter threw him out five years ago.

He’s with another woman now and has a second child with her, but he’s started beating her up so he’s been arrested again.

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He was allowed supervised contact with my granddaughter at Christmas, then in February, but after that he disappeared and now we don’t know if he’s dead or alive.

He’s allowed to see her once a month but he never turns up.

He’s always on her mind and she’s forever asking her mum when Daddy will be visiting.

Now my granddaughter’s birthday is coming up and she’s longing to see him but I’ll put money on him being a no-show.

Should I advise my daughter to cut all ties with this deadbeat dad?

DEIDRE SAYS:  He’s bad news and certainly is not a responsible parent.

If he got help with his addictions and started to put his children first, you might have some sympathy.

Your daughter needs expert help in deciding what’s best for her child. (020 7251 6577) can advise on family law in cases of domestic violence.

My support pack Worried About Mum And Dad will help too.

As her grandfather, you can be a great role model so make sure you do activities with her and step into that father role a little.

It will be lovely for her and wonderful for you, as well as giving your daughter some time for herself.


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