Dear Coleen, I’m a guy in my 20s and in a really awkward situation. I’ve been seeing my girlfriend for a couple of years and I really love her.

She’s very open, friendly and sociable, and everyone thinks she’s great.

However, it bothers me that she seems to flirt a lot with my dad whenever we’re all together.

They joke around a lot and are quite touchy-feely, although it’s never inappropriate.

It just makes me feel uncomfortable and I don’t know what to do about it. I also feel too embarrassed to bring it up with either of them.

What do you think?

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Coleen Nolan is the Mirror's resident agony aunt
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Coleen says

If she’s a very open, friendly person, then maybe that’s just her way – some people are naturally flirtatious with everyone, but it doesn’t mean anything more.

You could look at it from a different angle and think about how great it is that they get on
so well.

I understand that you don’t want to make this into an issue if it’s not – once the cat is out of the bag, it’s hard to get it back in!

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When you get an idea in your head, you start to notice everything and even innocent gestures can seem suspicious. Perhaps work on your own self-confidence because it might just be a bit of insecurity or jealousy that’s making you feel this way.

You could always have a casual word with your girlfriend – not accusing her of anything, but say something like, “You know, sometimes I think you fancy my dad more than you fancy me!”.