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Continued: Hax: Wife's fun with kids hurts husband

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Last update: August 11, 2013 - 4:03 PM

Should I say something to Sis that her nieces and nephews (all adults) would love the chance to celebrate with her, or MYOB?

Carolyn says: What not to say to a loved one: “You’re doing things wrong and should do it my way instead.”

What to say to a loved one: “I care about you and want to be with you, through celebration or loss, yours or mine.”

So if you know for sure the cousins want in, then it would be kind and useful to tell your sister that her nieces and nephews want to celebrate with her somehow — if not at the wedding, then at a party on a later date (that you, ahem, host for the couple?). Then ask her — and heed — what she thinks.

E-mail Carolyn Hax at tellme@washpost.com, or chat with her at 11 a.m. each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.

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