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I Thought My Dad Didn't Like Me
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Lesson for “I Thought My Dad Didn’t Like Me”

The writer of “I Thought My Dad Didn’t Like Me” describes how she began to believe that her father was rejecting her when she saw him paying more attention to her sister. When she shares her feelings with her father, they open up communication and become closer, as she sees how much they have in common.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—Have you ever felt yourself growing distant from a family member? How did you react? Did you talk to the family member about how you felt, like the writer did? Why or why not?

—She finds out she had the wrong impression of her father’s attitude toward her. Was there a time you realized you were wrong about the way someone thought about you? What created the wrong impression in the first place? How were you able to get through to the truth?

—The writer never knew she had much in common with her father until she started taking an active interest in the things he likes. Think of someone you feel distant from, whom you would like to have a better relationship with. What kinds of things might you have in common with this person? How could you begin to share these common interests?
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