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Step Dad ‘Stepping Out’ On Wife? Daughter Stuck In A Tough Situation. [COUNSELING CORNER]

Every Thursday Brain and Steele read a letter from a listener who has a dilemma they need help with. After the letter is read, it’s YOUR turn to help out with your thoughts and opinions about the situation. Welcome to the Counseling Corner.

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Dear Brain and Steele,

Please don’t use my name because the people I am talking about listen I know, for a fact, listen to KHAK.  I am a 16-year-old high school girl from Cedar Rapids.  A few days ago, I was at the mall with some friends.  We were sitting in the food court when I looked up and saw my step-dad…walking through the mall…with some woman who isn’t my mom.  I watched them go into a couple of different stores and then I lost track of them.  Of course I didn’t want him to see me so I had to stay hidden – plus, I didn’t tell my friends I was with so it was hard to watch them.

What do I do now?  While my step-dad and I have never been super close, he’s always been there for me.  He and my mom have been married for almost 10 years and she would be crushed if he is with another woman.  The whole thing makes me sick.  Help.


What Our Listeners Think:

Jason thinks Gina should tell her mom and let her go and talk to the step-dad. He said Gina is too young to be dealing with this on her own.

Gail suggested Gina play stupid when talking to her step-dad. Gina should say she thought she saw someone who looked like him at the mall and ask if it was him. Gail also said the mall would be an odd place for him to be misbehaving since it’s so public.

Erin told Gina to have an honest conversation with her step-dad about what she saw.

Matt said if the people Gina are talking about really do listen to KHAK then maybe they heard her letter and it might strike something in her step-dad’s conscience.

Heather’s instinct is for Gina to confront her step-dad and let him know what she saw then see what his explanation is. She said maybe it wasn’t what Gina thought it was.


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