Dear Breakup Girl,
I've been dating a woman for nine months. I have three kids that live with
me and she has a daughter who is eight years old. We get along well and have a
lot in common, except her daughter drives me crazy. She is the "typical
only child," constantly demanding everyone's attention when she is in a
room and ruling her mother's life. I'm not sure how far I want this to go...but
if I want it to go further, how do I handle the eight-year-old tyrant?
-- Gonzo Dadio
Other way around. Decide if you want it to go further;
then worry about Curly Sue. Only if you think you're able to make a commitment
to this woman will you have some say in the daughter's behavior -- and some
confirmation that you're not using it as an let's-keep-one-foot-out excuse. If
you want to, you can work it out. I mean, I'm a typical only child, and my dad
seems fine so far.