Re: Respite-How to talk to dad
You have to tell him, not ask him. You have to say it calmly and without emotion. Leave out any phrases like "I'm so sorry to have to tell you this ..." or "this may be hard for you..." or "I wish I didn't have to do this ...'
Just say, "Tomorrow (I would not prepare him ahead of time and thus prolong the time of arguments and protests) you are going on a little vacation. You will stay at X with lots of nice people. They will take care of you until I get back."
Any protests or outbursts must be answered with, "yes, you are right, but this is what we are going to do".
I wish you luck, since all this is much easier looking back than looking forward!
Last edited by Martha H; 08-28-2008 at 10:14 AM.