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I’m ready to hit it, and I need a plan


DEAR ABBY: I have a sister-in-law whom no one in my husband’s family loves.

She’s rude and insulting and acts like she’s better than everyone else. She feels she has the right to have family members watch over her children so she can do whatever she wants. (If you refuse, she drops the children at the door.)

If someone confronts her about her bad behavior, she claims she suffers from anxiety and depression to make the person feel guilty. I’m not saying she doesn’t have these mental health issues, but I believe she uses them to manipulate others.

My mother-in-law keeps saying to “turn the other cheek”, but I can’t anymore, especially when it comes to her insults.

I know many family members will side with her out of sympathy, but I can no longer sit back and accept her verbally abusing me and others without any consequences.

I know I need a plan so I don’t lose my temper and say something I’ll regret, but I don’t know how to respond respectfully. Ideas?


EXPENSIVE IS NOT: Don’t do anything without first telling your in-laws that you’ve reached your limit.


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