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Question #89677 posted on 05/11/2017 10:04 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My parents divorced a few years ago because my dad was verbally abusive to my mom. Now my dad has remarried. I've graduated college and am living in another state, with rare opportunity to visit. I'm Interested​ in getting to know my stepmother better though - she seems like a nice person from the little I've seen her.

I'm really awful at keeping in touch with even my best friends. Do you have any tips on ways that I can get to know her long distance?

- Zwerg Zwei


Dear Zwerg,

I feel you for having a hard time maintaining contact. That's definitely something I need to work on with my friends who aren't in Provo. 

As far as what you can do to try and get to know your stepmother, I'd suggest writing her emails. Perhaps expressly say that you would like to get to know her better, include some introductory information about yourself, and ask that she do the same. I like emails for this kind of thing because that way you can communicate and get to know each other while avoiding the long awkward silences that invariably accompany real-time conversations with people you hardly know.

Good luck!