|A female age 41-50, anonymous writes: Was this fb post directed at me? and my “ettiquette” in talking with my sis in law and 11 yr old neice when I see them over new year?They live 2 hours from me in a small town. Im driving to see them in early Jan, sometime when its ok for them.Ive Not seen my neice and nephews in 6 yrs, not seen my sis in law in 5 yrs, and my bro in 1.5 yrs, due to their busy lives. A couple of times I was meant to drive their and see them, but the kids busy livesgot in the way and my sis in law cancelled “another time” I was told”On Fbook yesterday, Sis in law posted a “guide” on interacting with young girls and commented:“This may be useful in potentially awkward christmas and new year interactions” Ii was a short video on “how” to talk and what not to say To young girls”Im the oldest, a single, childless female over 40 and my sis in law doesnt like me. like she does my bro and sis, never comnents on my social media like she does theirs and never texts me.Was she being rude to me? Does she think I’m some socially incompetant mid 40s yr old loser single woman?Im not an idiot! I know how to say “hello” to an 11 yr old girl, i was One!I feel upset and targetted.. no I am not asking her! We havent seen each other since my sisters wedding 5 yrs ago..My bro and I occasionally text.
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A female reader, Honeypie + ♥, writes (13 December 2018):
Ignore it.Whether it was directed at you or not, doesn’t mean you need to take it to heart or … take offense. After all, the only one who looks like an idiot IS her if she posts “how to talk to a young girl” instructions. I mean seriously… the kid isn’t some super-genius or brainless little thing. I’m sure talking to her won’t really be a problem for you.OR maybe she thought she was actually being “helpful”…Either way.. ignore it.