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If someone would be worth getting back, it should not require too much work. A real relationship needs work and attention, but not so much one-sided labour. How does tyour ex feel about the alternative of friendship, with access to the child ?
Isn;t it remarkable how instinctively a child learns to play the adults off against each other, and seek any advantage he can find ? One can correct this, with the advice of a good psychologist, and the full sooperation of all the adults involved. Discipline MUST be according to a code of rules agreed and kept to by ALL the adults involved, consistently.
And sounds like your parents have slid into perfccting a game ( Eric Berne Games People Play ) of only being satisfied when they can find a reason to be dissatisfied. If you don't let that upset you possible, though hard to do, I agree ) it can spoil the game for them and make it easier for them to change.
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