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Ask Amy: Teacher should take her parents to school

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a married, 50-year-old, elementary school teacher.

Socially and politically I lean firmly left and my family is very aware of it.

My parents and my in-laws are VERY conservative and quite religious.

At gatherings they are very vocal about their disdain for liberals and Democrats, calling them names, saying they're going to hell, etc.

They also voice their dislike of other races, religions, and sexual orientation, using bigoted language.

I don't enjoy spending time with any of them. I do not voice my opinions, as I have no interest in being part of their hostile conversations.


When the assault begins, I pick up my phone and scroll through and ignore them.

I have limited my time with them as much as possible, but I can't cut them out of my life completely, as that is just not my character.

My husband lets it go and is mostly politically neutral. He says it's not worth arguing with 80-year-olds.

I find his answer irritating. Any suggestions?


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