Dear Prudence is Slate's advice column, where Danny M. Lavery responds to your questions about relationships at home, work, and beyond. I can’t imagine that “bringing charges” against a 7-year-old for wandering into his front yard would result in any actual consequences for you and your family, but he’s made it very clear that he doesn’t want your son to knock on his front door or to play in his yard, and you should make sure that your son doesn’t, even if it means monitoring him a little more closely. Accept that what seems interesting and a bit removed for you may feel fresh and painful for him, be prepared to listen, and take your time. Is there a way around this cleanup issue, or am I forever doomed to do all the dishes by myself the next morning?—Thanksgiving Cleanup Anxiety. It was amicable; I decided I wanted kids, he didn’t, and he lost his faith. However, my parents are the only family I have in town, and they were not invited. While most adults don’t thrill at the idea of spending the night in a twin bed, sometimes it happens when one bunks with family, and insisting that your host clear out of her own bedroom for you—even if said host is your adult child—is out of line. For the record, my parents have invited his over for parties, dinner, and holidays. Submit your questions and comments here before or during the live discussion. Because he did so well, he is being courted by the local party to run in another local election in 2012. You’ve found—as is so often the case—that relying on an all-volunteer army usually means that the women notice you need help and offer to jump in, while the men seem to think dishes magically appear clean and tucked away in the cabinets the next day. It’s your house and you make the rules, so of course you’re free to tell everyone else to butt out. Submit your questions and comments here before or during the live discussion. Dear Prudie,I’m in my early 30s and have been dating the love of my life for three years. I suggest you take more control of your life, and start with Thanksgiving. My husband and I are expected to attend a family yearly Thanksgiving dinner hosted by my husband's sister and brother-in-law. The guest bathroom had a pretty arrangement of toiletries (minisoap, shampoos, etc.) Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Slate’s Dear Prudence, is co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster. But by allowing one person to smoke, you have arrived at the perfect solution to making everyone unhappy—except your grandmother. You should proceed carefully and ask yourself in advance if you’re prepared to handle a worst-case scenario, one where your newly discovered branch of the family resents and shuns you for bringing this information to light. I was appalled and let my boyfriend know it later when we were alone. You can still say that politely. Have another conversation with your mother in which you explain that you’re thrilled she’s found someone wonderful, but if something reminds you of your father, you want to be able to mention it without self-consciousness. I understand you want to be with your new guy, but this is a recent romance, and a huge family celebration is not necessarily the best venue for introducing a potential but not-yet-established boyfriend and his family. However, instead of a prayer he took us all by surprise with a two-minute rant about ‘the myth of God.’ Everyone was upset, and it ruined the meal. I think your best strategy here is to remind your son regularly that he shouldn’t knock on this man’s door or play in his yard. You don’t have to get into a conversation about sex in order to say no to this request. My mother, younger brother, and I took it hard. Let me know if you make this for Thanksgiving by leaving a comment below. I told him my family would not be amused by that at all, and he answered that it was just a joke and we were all “way too uptight.” I’m upset, both by his comment in the hospital and by his attitude toward my feelings about it. I actually don’t understand why, after two years together, you would agree to an open-ended cohabitation. She and her mom and family are coming to grandma’s for Thanksgiving. If your mother has made talk of your father verboten because of her friend, then you need to explain to her that while you’re not going to dwell on your father’s death in their company, neither are you going to wipe him from your memory. Dear Prudence. It would be one thing for your sister to say there is simply no room for your party of four—which would be awkward—but I can’t get over her threat to scrub the holiday. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. That was not acceptable to her, because she wanted the family together on this day, and she said that I could come with only my date. Maybe your previous talk with your mother felt like an accusation to her, and it hit a nerve, because she may be simultaneously happy and guilty about finding a new love so soon after her husband’s death. Dear Prudence: I have been happily (mostly) married to a great man for the past 17 years. My grandmother remarried, and I love and admire my grandfather, who is still living. Am I being “too uptight”?—No Joke, You don’t want to endlessly rehash this with your boyfriend, because in the grand scheme of things it was a relatively little moment, but you should also be able to have conversations about jokes that bother you. Or do I leave it well enough alone and say it was never meant to be?—Family Ties. on Nov 23, 2020 at 12:17 am. It will help clarify what the next right move is, to have more specific aims than “satisfy my curiosity.” If you’re willing to run the various risks, then it would be kind to tell your father before contacting any of these potential new family members. Tell your boyfriend either his family finds two more seats at the table, or you are going to have to decline their invitation and spend Thanksgiving with your parents. Dear Prudence,I recently flew out to visit my boyfriend at his older sister’s house. You can manage your newsletter subscriptions at any time. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. "Dear Prudence: Mom always hosts Thanksgiving; this year, I have the job. He just informed me he plans to wear a T-shirt to Thanksgiving this year with a dead frog nailed to a cross with the words ‘He died for you.’ If he follows through with this childishness it may cause me to leave him.”. There are serious potential downsides here, but you have a material interest in this discovery that is separate from your father’s. He leaves the lights off at Halloween and shouts at any children who knock on his door. Do I reach out to this stranger? Should I tell Grandma not to smoke, either? Do you want to try to facilitate a reunion? It took me a while to get back to dating. Dear Lonely,I hope that not talking about your father for the sake of your mother’s boyfriend was not done at her beau’s request. My husband is an atheist. Given the age and precarious health of your relatives, you might want to explain to your beau that your family comes a little unglued when they get together, so you need to join them solo for the meal, but you would love it if he and his brood could come by for dessert. She said she has to order them online and it was very rude of me. Dear Not,Your letter is a perfect example of how moving in together can get you further away from your life goals if a clear plan for achieving those goals is not part of the discussion you have before signing the lease. Dear Prudence,My father died last year after a long illness, and my mother immediately moved on to a new beau. Anyone dating a widow or widower, especially one with children, should expect, and want, the departed loved one to always be remembered. • Call the voicemail of the Dear Prudence podcast at 401-371-DEAR (3327) to hear your question answered on a future episode of the show. Dear Prudence, Recently, my husband and I were arguing over something trivial, but it escalated and I suddenly found myself spinning out of control. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. He abandoned my grandmother with two children in England in the 1950s, went AWOL from the Air Force, and was never heard from again. But don’t be afraid to name a conspicuous dynamic, and don’t worry that you’re breaking some sort of hosting etiquette by pointing out the obvious and asking for a solution. I appreciate this, but when I take them up on their offer, there’s a gender imbalance in the kitchen I’m uncomfortable with. In the meantime, you’re supposed to leave your parents alone on Thanksgiving because his family doesn’t consider your family to be part of the family. She is 91 years old, and I would never ask her to stand outside in the cold. I don’t mean to downplay how totally out of proportion and distressing this man’s behavior has been, but for someone this intense and unreasonable, the best way forward is to avoid him as much as you and your son possibly can. My sister is focused on her family, while my mother has been constantly traveling with her new boyfriend. Siouxsie and The Banshees – Dear Prudence The Cure – Plainsong The The – Giant Tones on Tale – Go. I used them without thinking, just like I borrowed a shirt and a toothbrush from my boyfriend. Recently my sister phoned me in tears, stating that the family is upset that my date would be bringing his family, and so the dinner is canceled. abeadev / Via shutterstock.com "Even though the election is … Alternately, you could explain to your sister that you’re going to eat with your boyfriend, and then you alone (or your whole group, if it’s all right) will come over once the meal is finished. Ask yourself, too, what your goals are in reaching out to your grandfather in particular. You’ve run out of free articles. We moved in together a year ago. You can cancel anytime. (Questions may be edited.). But I’m curious, and based on genealogical information, publicly available information, and family resemblance, I’m certain I’ve found my biological grandfather—as well as several other relatives that would mean siblings for my father, and uncles, aunts, and cousins for me. What bothered me about it was that in that moment, everyone was full of joy and excitement over our new niece, and you’re the only one who felt the need to draw attention to yourself by making a joke about how unhappy this was eventually going to make them. Dear Prudence, I work in a small office, and one of my coworkers decided to spearhead a charitable holiday project in which we all chip in to buy presents … Her 17-year-old granddaughter, who lives on the other side of the country, is a vegan. Dear Dinner,Some families feel new faces liven up the Thanksgiving celebration, and some families have tighter entry requirements than a restricted country club. Enjoy this shredded brussels sprouts salad recipe! Reply . Thursday may seem like it’s going to be an official day for family civil wars. He won’t apologize, either to me or my family, which is infuriating. I noticed we spoke less and less about my dad, mostly out of consideration for my mother’s friend. Earlier this week on Slate.com (preface: Slate thinks vegan stories make for good click-bait), Dear Prudence printed a letter from a grandmother. (Questions may be edited.). “If the guest bedroom doesn’t work for you two, I’ll understand if you decide to rent a hotel room” isn’t the equivalent of “My house, my rules, so put up or shut up, Mom.” But it’s a line worth holding to, and if your mother keeps pressing the issue, then you can tell her that you’re genuinely happy that she’s found someone but that you’re having a really hard time dealing with your dad’s death, still need space, and think it will be best to see everyone for Thanksgiving dinner while having separate places to sleep. I’d like the men to help more, but I don’t want to ask any friends and guests to clean up if they haven’t offered. Yes, it was a lot of work, but I like to cook. • Join the live chat every Monday at noon. If you’re not, it might be better to close the lid on this Pandora’s box. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. Follow us on Twitter. Dear Prudie,Ours is the home my family and my husband’s family come to for holiday meals, and I am more than happy to play hostess. However, there is the kind of remembrance that is normal and natural: “Remember how Dad always claimed the turkey legs for himself?” And then there is turning family gatherings into a permanent memorial service. I gained one other thing: an appreciation for the hard-earned Pilgrim values of prudence and thanksgiving. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. If you wanted to get in touch with some of your (likely) newfound cousins, aunts, and uncles, you would be able to do so in your own right as their relative, even if your father didn’t want any part of it. Do I have any recourse here? Emily Yoffe I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. He’s lodged several complaints about kids coming into his yard without permission and sent notes to everybody warning that he was not prepared to take on any liability for their safety on his property. Dear Prudence,I live in a friendly, family-oriented neighborhood—or at least it used to be until “X” moved in about two years ago. Then the clean-living won’t have to inhale cigarette fumes while they inhale their food. And you'll never see this message again. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. There will be other Thanksgivings—it happens every year—and right now it sounds like you’re pretty overwhelmed by the family pressure to be more “over” your father’s death than you are. But soon he was coming to every single celebration we had as a family. But I imagine you don’t relish the thought of doing so if it would cause him grief, and I can also imagine your getting in touch with these people may potentially upend their whole world if they don’t already know that your biological grandfather abandoned another family wholesale in the 1950s. My sister-in-law always takes credits for the pies I bring every year. Slate's advice columnist Dear Prudence takes your questions on manners, morals and more. She got extremely defensive. His sister lives in the Deep South, while we live on the coast. On that front, at least, your unpleasant neighbor is in the right. If she tries to argue further, you can just say, “I love you, Mom, and I know we’re all dealing with Dad’s death in different ways, but this is my final decision, and I’m not going to argue about it anymore. Get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week; click here to sign up. And what do I say to my son, who is now having nightmares about serial killers and afraid to cross the street?—Neighbor Hates My Son. This is “unacceptable” for adults—my mother is demanding she get my room. Emily Yoffe -- a.k.a. But if the idea of spending Thanksgiving by yourself doesn’t appeal, I think you still have options. The rest of the smokers will resent being exiled. All rights reserved. Need the Credit. How do I persuade this angry, unpleasant man that harming a child with words is out of order? Like Prudie on the official Dear Prudence Facebook page and like  Slate on Facebook. Tell him, “Whenever I’ve tried to bring this up, it’s felt like your main priority is defending the joke, and as long as that’s your priority, you don’t really listen. It wasn’t the biggest deal in the world, but you don’t have to agree with me in order to acknowledge that it’s reasonable for me to have disliked it.” It may also help if you can drop the request for him to apologize to your family, since it doesn’t sound like anyone else has expressed a desire for an apology. I asked my boyfriend whether, if we were married, my parents would have been invited, and he said yes, which made me wish I hadn’t asked. I expected my father’s father would be dead. You want marriage and children, and you don’t have lots of time to waste, but here you are, snooping in his sock drawer to see if there’s a wedding ring hidden there, and waiting for your boyfriend to decide your fate. I feel as though I have lost both parents, and I am dreading the upcoming holidays. (Believe me, I know.) Sign up for the Dear Prudence mailing list to receive notifications of new columns and chats. He began coming to our family events, which was fine at first. Dear Prudence, I dread Thanksgiving. Guys, I’d love it if a few of you would help me with the dishes this time. Dear Prudence, I work at an elementary school with a very needy population. About a year after my dad’s death, she started dating a nice man. ... You’ve got little time to address this so that Thanksgiving is not a debacle. This past election season, he ran for our local city council election and came close to winning. And you'll never see this message again. Am I a bad daughter for wanting to go to my boyfriend's at Christmas?" Mary later married John Winslow, Edward’s brother, so there is a tie to the Winslow family. Advice columnist Mallory Ortberg shares her tips for how … Dear Prudence advises that we respond with regrets to a host that may cook a delicious turkey but casts repulsive ballots. I thought he wanted the same things. Put in a heater and a comfortable chair, and let Grandma—and the rest of the addicted gang—puff away. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Are there any men who can help me out?” Hopefully—I’m assuming the guys you socialize with are more passively than actively sexist when it comes to kitchen cleanup—you’ll see a few chastened faces, followed by a hasty offer or two. The nonsmokers will have to cough their way through the meal. Here’s a recent Christmas-themed letter from Dear Prudence you might enjoy, with my advice to follow: My husband and I have two grown daughters, “Holly” and “Ivy.” I also have another much older daughter, “Gertrude,” born during my brief first marriage. Thanks for coming. Is there anything I should know about what she wants her guests to do so I don’t accidentally offend her?”. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. I also feel that at her age, she can do what she wants in my home. DEAR ABBY: My hubby and I come from very different backgrounds. There was a raffle for a full Thanksgiving dinner, in which all PTA members were entered. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. Just wanted to say thank you for playing The Damned “Shadow of Love”. Your situation is designed for the drop-by. Maybe someone needs to slip a tranquilizer in her cranberry sauce. While doing so, I found my grandmother’s first husband—my father’s biological father. We spoke daily, and I did my best to make holidays and special occasions as fun as possible. The problem is, I said my grandmother could smoke inside. He is withdrawn, is reclusive, and hates children. Please send your questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. This salad would also be a good option for Thanksgiving. Surely everyone will benefit from the fact that the Thanksgiving meal tends to put even the most volatile among us into a stupor. And, if you love this recipe for a shredded brussels spouts salad, check out this recipe for cornbread panzanella salad with peaches. I Only Get Angry on Rare Occasions, but When I Do, It’s Really Bad. You could also tell him that the discouraging way this holiday is playing out is making you realize that after three years together, you two really need to talk turkey. What should I do about all this?—Not So Thankful. You can cancel anytime. I started screaming at the top of my lungs, slamming doors--basically throwing a tantrum like a child. My flight was delayed four hours, and the airline lost my luggage. We have been invited to his cousin’s house for Thanksgiving. Thanks for signing up! Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members. Help! Across the Universe - Dear Prudence - Jim Sturgess; Evan Rachel Wood; T.V. Less delicious is turkey that’s been roasted in the oven, then imbued with the aroma of Marlboros. Slate Plus members get extra questions, Prudie Uncensored with Nicole Cliffe, and full-length podcast episodes every week. “Callous Co-Workers Count My Calories: Prudie counsels an American whose European colleagues monitor her diet—and other advice seekers.” Posted March 1, 2010.”Help! I don’t want to be the drag, but I can’t deal with this. Dear Prudence Doesn't Think You Should Bother Coming Out as Bisexual. Every year, millions of people across the nation take to the roads, rails and skies to make it home in time for this special day. You’re on mashed-potato duty” to a guest, even if that guest has already brought you a bottle of wine. That doesn’t mean you have to harangue everyone, but it’s perfectly appropriate for a host to say, “So lovely to see you. Holly and … Is that normal?” Posted Oct. 8, 2009.”Dirty Pretty Things: My girlfriend has worn the same undergarment for weeks. Or do I keep silent? Should I rescind the invitation to his family and have the two of us attend my family’s dinner, even though he doesn’t want to leave his daughter alone? He may have any one of a number of possible responses; be patient with him and give him time to process this new information. You can tell him what you’ve found, say you understand if he doesn’t want to hear anything else about it, and let him know that you’re considering getting in touch. Sometimes I stop and cry because something reminds me of him. I am the only one still grieving for my dad. Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Slate’s Dear Prudence, is co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster. We’d been friends for a few years before we started dating months ago. Dear Abby in Advice December 18, 2020 Mom Working Swing Shift Is Pressured to Stay on the Job. I try to act as a mentor to the more junior female attorneys when possible, but I am at a loss as to how to deal with one particular issue. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. I felt as though she cared more about not hurting his feelings than about hurting mine. Photograph by Teresa Castracane. Cooking stressed her. Hopefully he can come to see that acknowledging your feelings and perspective doesn’t mean he “loses” and that this moment could have gone better had he been willing to ask himself, “What part of me feels so uncomfortable in this happy, loving scenario that I need to imagine a future where all of these people hate and resent one another?”, “My family are Christians who are active in the Episcopal Church. I haven’t told my boyfriend because I didn’t want to cause trouble, but we are going back to his sister’s for the holidays. I have asked the smokers, who make up about half of the guest list, to smoke outside or in the garage. She’ll be online at Washingtonpost.com to chat with readers each Monday at 1 p.m. When we began planning dinner, I said that I would be inviting a gentleman I have been dating for about five months, as well as his daughter and granddaughter. Before we began dating, I explained to my boyfriend that I was looking for marriage and children. Dear Prudence, My large, extended family—including my 96-year-old grandmother and my ailing parents—is getting together for Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. “On the off chance he eats your kid PLEASE SUPERVISE HIM.”Daniel Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe discuss this letter in this week’s Dear Prudence Uncensored—only for Slate Plus members. Photos by Jasmin Schreiber on Unsplash. 17 adults and 5 kids spent a week together under one roof; fights over kids, politics, you name it ensued. Get More Prudie! I was glad to see her happy and began to worry less about her. My Son Keeps Stealing My Flavored Condoms. Family dynamics and political opinions can be hard to navigate during Thanksgiving. Resenting that they are now an established couple will add to the strain between you and your mother. Last year, he volunteered to give the blessing at Thanksgiving. I have a bit of a problem coming up with Thanksgiving. I have never stayed at anyone’s house except for a few slumber parties as a kid.—Good Towels, You didn’t do anything wrong. The biggest issue here is not whether you get to bring three guests or one, but that your sister would bizarrely consider canceling the entire event because of a conflict over your guest list. If you’d be willing to reconsider doing so if your father were strongly against it, then tell him you’ll wait to hear from him before doing so. Do you want to ask for an explanation or apology on your father’s behalf? By the time I got to the house, I just wanted to take a shower and get clean. This would not be news you'd be required to announce at the next Thanksgiving gathering. Help! Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. Don’t dread the holidays. But since your grandmother sounds as if she’s still moving under her own power, maybe you could set up the garage as a smoldering anteroom. ... Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. The thought of my mother having sex with her boyfriend in my bed makes me want to vomit. Dear Prudence, My large, extended family—including my 96-year-old grandmother and my ailing parents—is getting together for Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. I never thought I’d find a living man. That way, whatever comes next, you’ll be ready to handle it. "Dear Prudence: Thanksgiving at my family's was a nightmare. The whole family fights over politics. Why is my guest room not acceptable? I told everyone to bring a dish or dessert and I would cater in. Our relationship is now very strained. This man sounds dreadful to be around. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. It was hard to see, but my sister and I acknowledge that our mother did much of her grieving before our father died. Prudie counsels a letter writer whose atheist husband coopts Thanksgiving grace to rant about God. Photo illustration by Slate. He grew up in a community where all the moms had to work. I was taken aback, because I’ve always thought of that as pretty normal guest behavior. The Woman Who Inspired 'Dear Prudence' Opens Up About World Peace, the Influence of the '60s and Why Kids Today Love the Beatles August 9, … Isn’t that disgusting?” Posted Aug. 27, 2009.”Lunchroom Bandit: My co-worker is stealing everyone’s food” Posted Dec. 3, 2009. I’m not asking him to crawl at my feet, just a little acknowledgment that his remark was inappropriate. He has a large family, and I am looking forward to going. When we began planning dinner, I … Dear Prudence, My father had an affair many years ago, and I found out about it. This upsets me: I got married at 20, separated at 29, and divorced at 31. How can I change?” Posted Jan. 28, 2010.”His Endowment Is Cocktail Chatter: My wife blabs to her girlfriends about my large penis. Dear Prudence, I am a senior female associate at a small law firm in a major city. Do I share this information with my father? Lindy West. The next day, my boyfriend’s sister drove me back to the airport and lectured me, saying I should have asked for shampoo and conditioner from her and not used the fancy ones in the bathroom. Kevin Kuenkler. Am I being unreasonable? Can you help me?—Sleeping Arrangements, I want to make a real plug here for spending Thanksgiving at a hotel by yourself near the ocean. Dear Prudence, My girlfriend is the chef and owner of a local restaurant that’s recently become extremely popular. Carpio; Dana Fuchs Now everyone else says they should be allowed to smoke inside if my grandmother is doing it. Q. My father has made it plain over the years that he has no curiosity about this man. Don’t cancel Thanksgiving yet. Dear Smoked,Smoked turkey is a delicious dish. As we were all gathered in the hospital, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the little morsel, my long-term boyfriend thought it would be “funny” to call out during that special moment, “Wait until 18 years from now, when she’s screaming that she hates you and ya gotta figure out a way to pay for college!” This was said to my brother, as he was holding and gently rocking his newborn daughter. All rights reserved. Please try again. This would be the first time most of my family will meet him. If you are hosting a holiday meal, you have every right to cheerfully conscript your friends and guests into whatever tasks need doing in order for them to get their free meal. I felt like a 6-year-old getting lectured for having an “accident.” My boyfriend and I got back home, but this situation still bothers me. I’m Too Hot for My Age: Prudie counsels a woman whose youthful looks bring her nothing but problems—and other advice seekers.” Posted Feb. 8, 2010.”The Pervy Principal: Prudie counsels a school worker whose boss trolls Internet porn on the job—and other advice seekers.” Posted Feb. 1, 2010.”Sticky Fingers Can’t Stop Stealing: Prudie counsels a good Samaritan gone bad—and other advice seekers.” Posted Jan. 25, 2010. Annie just told me that she would like to be invited to Thanksgiving." I sometimes end up refusing because I hate the optics of it: The men sit around drinking, while the women wash up. I had never heard that version before. Send me updates about Slate special offers. My sister is hosting Thanksgiving this year. 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