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The Passive Aggressive "Mother-in-Law"

My boyfriend and I have limited vacation time and decided to spend this year's holidays with my family. His mother has been working overtime to guilt us into extending our vacation and visiting them. What should I do? -- Stressed Stacy

Dear Stacy,

First, your boyfriend needs to stand up to his mother and put a stop to her shenanigans.  Do NOT take this challenge on yourself -- doing so would simply welcome her to drive a wedge in your relationship and cause even more problems.

Second, stay firm:  his mother needs to learn to respect your decisions (acceding to her wishes will only teach her that she can, indeed, get her way if she's persistent enough).

-- M

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