Par­ents an­gry at babysit­ter

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION -

would get you the an­swers you de­serve. There must be a rea­son why your children’s needs were ne­glected.

You say her children seem to be fine. Be­fore writ­ing her off, take a closer look at her children, be­cause this may be how they are be­ing treated, too. And if that’s the case, the fam­ily, and pos­si­bly child pro­tec­tive ser­vices, should be made aware of it.

DEAR ABBY: Lately, I’ve no­ticed some­thing cu­ri­ous with re­sponses to the ques­tion, “What time?” when set­ting a date. When peo­ple of­fer to do some­thing for me, I’ll ask, “What time would be best?” Rather than an­swer, they go on to ask me 12 dif­fer­ent ques­tions, and we get nowhere. I just want them to choose a time! If it’s not good for us, I’ll tell them.

Per­son­ally, I feel if they’re do­ing us a fa­vor, they get to choose the time. It’s in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing be­ing stuck in a game of, “Well, what time is good for YOU?” back and forth for five min­utes. I just want an an­swer. Then I can make it work or of­fer an­other sug­ges­tion if need be. I never had this prob­lem be­fore, but now it’s hap­pen­ing fairly of­ten, par­tic­u­larly with women over 40. Is there an­other way I should han­dle this? -- SCHED­UL­ING IN SPOKANE

DEAR SCHED­UL­ING: Th­ese peo­ple may be try­ing to be con­sid­er­ate by ask­ing the ques­tions they do. When the back-and-forth starts, all you have to say is, “Tell me when you’ll be here and we’ll be ready,” and I’m sure they will com­ply.

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