I cannot get my daughter to call me back.
I leave message on the ex’s house phone, but the kid is too busy or forgetful.
It actually hurts. But I also feel foolish expecting a 7-year-old to return phone calls. Phones are hard to speak on when you’re young, and a conversation with dad feels like too much of an obligation.
Still. I gently explain that she should return my calls, that it’s important she and I stay in touch on the three or four nights per week that she’s not with me.