Dear Youth Ambassadors,

So before my dad met my mom he had another family. I’m not sure what happened, but what I know is that he left them. Recently my dad has been trying to get in touch with his sons. I honestly could care less, but my dad keeps pestering me, telling me I have half-brothers, and I should get to know them. I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but I don’t want to get to know them. I don’t want anything to do with them. It really annoys me, and I just want to tell him to shut up about it. But how do I tell him that without sounding like a jealous, whiny brat?

P.S. Now he’s acting all cheery, because he’s a grandfather now and talks about how great his sons are.

Sincerely,
I Have Half Brothers

Dear I Have Half Brothers,

I understand why you are upset about your dad having other children. However, I don’t think you should hold that against him. This happened way before you. It sounds to me like your dad is doing the right thing and taking care of his responsibilities. Just think, you would want him to do the same for you. It’s okay if you don’t want to meet your brothers, but maybe you should give them a try. They could become very important people in your life.

Sincerely,
A Friend Who Believes in You

Dear I Have Half Brothers,

Your father made a mistake, and he’s just trying to fix it. Although you don’t want to have anything to do with your half brothers you should at least give them a chance. It’s not their fault. Also, think about if the shoe was on the other foot, your dad left you and your mom to go live with another woman. You wouldn’t want to have anything to do with him at first, but you eventually would want to have your father in your life. You may even have a lot of stuff in common with your half brothers. Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
A Youth Ambassador