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Hi again Confused, thanks for this post and I apologise for this late response.
It sounds as if your family culture is characterised by a dominant, critical mother and everyone feeling isolated. It may be wise for you to work on your relationship with your dad, as opposed to trying to do the "family" thing. Spend a bit of time with him (away from your mother), find out more about him and how he feels, and possibly discuss one of his interests. Ask him for his opinion on issues. Empower him by making him feel a bit more important to you and by bringing him into your interpersonal foreground. That may make it possible for him to be more open to your experiences and feelings.
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