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Dear Queenie,

My mother has her favourite grandchildren that she praises all the time and does things with and gives lots of gifts.

The others she practically ignores. She gives them gifts on their birthday and Christmas and that's about it. If she does talk about them it's to complain about how they almost never visit her and how rude they are when they do.

The fact of the matter is they don't like her very much because of the way she treats them and when they do visit her and she starts in scolding them for something they just walk away and leave.

Queenie, is there any hope she will ever do any better?—Disgusted

Dear Disgusted,

I get the impression that your children are not the ones who are your mother's favourites.

You could try talking to your mother and explaining to her that the children's behaviour is a direct result of the way she treats them, but I do not hold out much hope that it will do much good. Other than that, all you can do is what the children already do – walk away when Granny's attitude gets to be too much to bear.

Oh yes, there is one other thing you should be doing: Make absolutely sure the "unfavourite" children are not doing or saying anything whatsoever to justify the way Granny treats them.

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