Life Advice



Ask Amy: Co-worker worries working with accused harasser

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

If Bob sexually harassed you, then it would be ethical to warn these new hires, unless you signed a legal document prohibiting you from discussing it with anyone. (Never sign an NDA without your own legal representation.)

As things are, make sure these new hires understand that they have an amiable ally and a supportive colleague in you.

Dear Amy: I am a 33-year-old woman and have been with my partner for 10 years.

Neither of us wants children. We do have a senior dog that we love very much. Despite sharing this with my partner’s mother multiple times, she never fails to make snide comments when I see her.

A favorite is: "This dog is the closest to grandkids that I'll ever get.”

My partner has told her to knock it off. He also has two sisters, neither of which are coupled or plan to have children.


I think his mother sees me as her only hope for grandchildren.

I'm tired of her commentary on what I view as a fundamental life choice that is really no one’s business, except my partner’s and my own.

I believe people can live long and fulfilling lives with or without children.

How do I make her stop her snide comments?


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