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Ask Amy: Relatives aren’t thankful for political discord

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

– Tired

Dear Tired: In addition to the political divide, you have described an incident where your husband was offended (for good reason), but didn’t respond.

Why not?

You seem extremely passive in the face of this onslaught, perhaps because it is overwhelming in the moment, but it seems to me that these family members aren’t starting arguments – because they all agree with each other.

All the same – it is galling to be lectured to, especially since your guy is in the White House.

You don’t need to invent an excuse in order to decline this year. Just tell them you’ve decided to take a break from politics.

 

Dear Amy: I have been fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom to our son over the past five years. This year he is in school.

Given the unpredictability of the school year (possible virtual schooling, quarantining, etc.) and my husband’s demanding job, we agreed that I should continue to stay home this year.

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease late last year and we agreed that it’s good for me to have some time to focus on my health.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had multiple calls/texts from friends panicking because their child is either suddenly having virtual school because of COVID cases in their classroom, or they are being sent home from daycare due to fevers or cold/flu-like symptoms.

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