Mum gets really mad whenever I ask who my real dad is

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M a 14-year-old boy and I’ve had this massive topic on my brain for a long time now. I want to find my dad.

He left when I was a baby but I know he’s got a son who is younger than me and I desperately want to see them both.


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Whenever I talk to Mum about this, she tries to talk me out of it.

It has caused a few rows lately.

She got married when I was six and my stepdad took me on as his own.

I’m very grateful for this but I still want to find my real dad.

All I know is his first name, which isn’t much to go on.

DEIDRE SAYS: It is natural to want to know more about your dad but your mum may be trying to protect you from hurt.

Calmly explain to her why finding your dad is important to you and ask her for more information about him or to explain why she is resisting you contacting him.

Get understanding, confidential support from Childline (childine.org.uk, 0800 1111).

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