My birthday is in October, but my grandmother stopped
sending me birthday presents because she says I never thank her for them. My
mom told me this, and it’s true but it still makes me upset. I am going to see
my grandma over Thanksgiving and I’m not sure how to act.
Dear Absent Present,
Act nice. Being friendly to relatives is the way to go, and your grandmother
will appreciate it if you try to get to know her by asking questions about her
life, hobbies, even what she was like at your age. You might also say, “I’m
sorry I’ve been bad about thank yous, but I loved the necklace you gave me last
year. I wear the necklace you gave me last year. I wear it all the time.” And
the next time she or anyone spends time and money on you, pick up a pen (or at
least the phone) and tell them you appreciate the kindness.
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BY CAROL WESTON ON 10/5/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN dear carol solves family probs, 411 on family feuds, how to talk to parents, advice from Carol Weston