You gave me advice on how to talk to my granddaughter when she was going off the rails | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN my granddaughter went off the rails, I wrote to you in despair.

She was 14 and hanging around with a bad crowd who drank and took drugs.

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She wasn’t doing her schoolwork and sometimes came home alone in the early hours.

My daughter, who’s 44, is divorced. She couldn’t control her and asked me for help. I’m 67.

I knew my granddaughter had a tough time when her parents split up and she was also bullied at school.

We were scared she’d end up getting pregnant or into trouble with the police.

You sent me your Troubled Teens support pack and suggested I speak to Family Lives ( for advice.

They were so helpful.

You also gave me advice on how to talk to my granddaughter without telling her off – making her feel she was being treated as a grown-up and being heard.

She did open up to me a little and I was able to explain how upset and worried her mother and I were.

She has promised to be more considerate and think about her actions.

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Things are slowly getting better.

Thank you.

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DEIDRE SAYS: It sounds like you touched a nerve and that things are more positive now.

I do hope they continue to improve.

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