Our expert says:
Your daughter's reactions are common and sensible in this sort of situation. It should be possible to bring her concerns to her father's attention without making it feel to him like a hostile complaint, but a genuine attempt to help him and her to develop a more comfortable and sustaining mutual relationship.
The stepmother's reactions sound highly unhelpful but sadly typical. She sounds like she is actually very insecure and wanting to control the relationship he has with his first daughter, Insisting on trying to control what you actually can't control is a sad and self-defeating reaction.
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