This is my first time using this message board; I'm hoping to find some advice out there.
Long story short...
Almost 2 years ago my daughter (13 at the time) moved out of state to live w/her father and stepmother. Since then she seems to favor her stepmother, and respects her feelings over mine. She's now 15 and not only does she still prefer to live w/them, but our relationship (via phone, internet, and visits 2-3 times a year) is a lot of work. Our conversations are pleasant enough, but it always seems like she'd rather not be on the phone, etc.
Everyone has always told me that she'll come around; sometimes teenage daughters and their mothers go through this stage in life. It only seems to be getting more difficult as time has goes on though, not better.
Any advice or thoughts would be most appreciated!