..Or failing that, all you opinionated f#cks at LS;
I took in the daughter of my ex-wife and her boyfriend about two years ago. (Her dad was caught molesting her as a baby and her mother can't afford to take care of her.)
She lives with me and my son and I'm providing her with everything she could want; A safe and loving environment, A room of her own, a cell phone, home cooked meals, a good school and money for college, etc.
She's 12 now and I've all but adopted her(I don't have the $4,500 scraped together yet)
She's been going to counseling (and is pretty well adjusted since she doesn't remember most of it) and seems very happy living with my son and I.
The trouble is that when I send her off to school, or leave for work and tell the kids; "Bye guys, I'll see you later. Love ya!" She never once tells me she loves me back. (My son isn't shy about it at all.)
I'm thick skinned, but that started to make me feel like I'm being used after awhile.
After two years of taking care of her and giving her a better shot at life I feel that she could at least say she loves me once in a (rare) while.
We talked about it. I told her that she doesn't have to truly mean it, but we all do love her and it would make everybody feel better if she could just say the words. She said that she really does love us all, but she's just not in the habit of saying so. She won't even tell her mother or grandmother that she loves them. -It pisses them off too.
So I basically pulled a meep move and blackmailed her into saying "I love you too" by threatening to take back the money we've been setting aside for her college(We're over $1,000 so far)
I mean, seriously, why cut into my fun money sending a kid to college when she won't say two words to aknowledge everything we're doing for her?
My question is; Am I doing more harm than good? -or do I have the right to make that kind of demand?
In a nutshell; Am I being a meep?