Dear Carol

My fam is taking sides--and I'm stuck in the middle


 
My 18-year-old sister just got engaged, and everyone in my family hates her fiancé. I dislike him, but not as much as everyone else does. The problem is that my mom wants me to side with her, and my sister wants me to take her side.

 

Dear Fiancé Fiasco,
 

Why choose sides? Why not be a peacekeeper?

 

Then again, you sister is very young to be engaged, so if you two get along, talk to her privately. Ask in a nonjudgmental way why she is in such a rush. Or say “I like his sense of humor, but Mom and Dad care about you and they’re worried because he has no job.” Or whatever the issue is.

 

You owe it to your sister to weigh in lovingly.
 
 

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