My granddaughter is being bullied by her stepdad but I can't tell her mum

DEAR DEIDRE:  MY granddaughter is being bullied by her stepdad but she has made me promise not to tell her mum.

My daughter remarried two years ago to a man who is well off and she moved into his large house with him and his two children who are 15 and 13. It became clear within months that his kids didn’t like my granddaughter and never made her feel welcome.

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He lets his kids get away with being rude and cheeky but he is hard on my granddaughter. She is 15. 

He shouts in her face and tells her to listen to him not her mum. He treats her like an unpaid servant.

I’m 63 and I am surprised that my daughter allows it which makes me fear he controls them both.

My granddaughter opened her heart to me on the phone recently, saying she is depressed as she used to be close to her mum.

DEIDRE SAYS: At least your granddaughter is reaching out to you. Tell her she can call you at any time.

Could she come and stay with you for a break now the rules have relaxed?

She needs to speak to her mum herself, one-to-one, explain to her what’s going on and exactly how miserable she is feeling.

He is emotionally abusing her. If her mum doesn’t in turn take action, she should confide in Childline (, 0800 1111).

You can also get some confidential advice from the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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