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Daughter having hard time with boyfriend

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Dear Christine,At present I am concerned about my daughter who is intelligent, fairly attractive and competent. She even started and runs a little business of her own.My concern is with her boyfriend of the past five years. He works “when he feels like” and spends a lot of time playing pool with his friends. I feel she no longer loves him but can’t break free.She gets difficult when her father and I mention it, and we don’t know how to help her. Thanks in advance for your reply.– R.T.Dear R.T.,Maybe this relationship suits her just fine. In that case it’s no wonder she gets difficult when you suggest she’d be better off alone. Your daughter doesn’t sound like a doormat and I’d guess that, if she really wanted to leave her partner she could and would.It’s hard sometimes for caring parents to step back when things don’t appear to be going right but the one to decide if this is the case is your intelligent daughter.