Dear Abby

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - COMICS, ETC. - — Univer­sal Uclick Dear Abby: www.Dear­Abby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Dear Abby: My par­ents have strong opin­ions. I don’t agree with them in ar­eas such as how to raise or dis­ci­pline my chil­dren. If I try to ex­plain why, they mock me with their tone of voice. Then they get mad if I try to dis­cuss it with them and won’t speak to me for a cou­ple of weeks.

Cur­rently, they are in­sist­ing that I am mak­ing a moun­tain out of a mole­hill be­cause of the coron­avirus. I stay at home with my chil­dren and run out only to buy food. Abby, my par­ents are ig­nor­ing all the health rec­om­men­da­tions. They still go out in pub­lic places where peo­ple are close to each other.

They now want to have all their grand­kids over to play and are up­set with me be­cause I refuse. It has reached the point that I don’t an­swer my phone when I see Mom’s num­ber. How do you get fam­ily mem­bers to re­spect your re­quest for so­cial dis­tanc­ing? — DO­ING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR NOW

Dear Do­ing: Here’s how, stick to your guns. Re­mind your mother that your chil­dren’s wel­fare is your sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity. Tell her this is why you have cho­sen to fol­low the di­rec­tions is­sued by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol. You wish she and your dad would be more care­ful about their own health, but you re­spect that they are adults mak­ing their own choices, and you ex­pect that she will ex­tend to you the same courtesy. Pe­riod!

Dear Abby: I re­cently gave a fam­ily mem­ber a gift. Im­me­di­ately upon open­ing it, they ex­claimed, “I don’t want this! I will never use this. Can I re­turn it and get some­thing else?” This was fol­lowed by re­peat­edly say­ing they didn’t want the item and drag­ging out of the closet a sim­i­lar item an­other fam­ily mem­ber had given them, ex­claim­ing, “See? I al­ready have al­most the ex­act same thing, and I’ve never used it.”

This rel­a­tive kept re­peat­ing they didn’t ever want any­thing like this and what I should al­ways get them. This is the same per­son, by the way, who buys me what­ever they want to get me, and re­fuses to lis­ten when I state what I would like as gifts. Am I too sen­si­tive, or is this be­hav­ior bad man­ners? — GIFT HORSE IN WY­OMING

Dear Gift Horse: It’s an ex­am­ple of ap­palling bad man­ners and lack of grat­i­tude. In cases like this, a nice, neu­tral greet­ing card would cause fewer hurt feel­ings.

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