Should I let my estranged father meet my 3 year old daughter?

Raquel - posted on 04/22/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have not seen my father in probably close to a decade. We started speaking via email a little over two years ago. He had contacted me after I had my daughter and we have been speaking ever since (only via email). He contacted me a few weeks ago saying that he really wants to finally see me and my daughter. We became estranged in 2006 right after I got engaged. There are various reasons for the estrangement, but he seems like he really wants to make amends. I however, am not ready, nor will I ever be, to see him or let him see my daughter. I am so torn. I don't know what to do. I just don't want him to get involved in my daughter's life, and possibly leave again, just like he did with me. I don't want to do that to her. It is possible, though, that he is in this for the long haul and really wants to be a part of our lives. I really don't know what to do. I am so conflicted.

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Melissa - posted on 04/22/2013

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My dad and I did not talk very much from the age of 15 on... Then at 18 I found out I was pregnant!?! I was due in June 2008 and I told him in jan 2008. At first he was not happy but I told him just because our realationship was strained doesn't mean he shouldn't be a part of his grand kids life. It's been almost 5 yrs. and they have the best relationship ( even better than mine when I was that age) so I say go for it!! Good luck

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