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Ask Amy: Parents drop loud hints for them to leave

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I’m a 27-year-old woman. My parents are very strong and religious people who are “never wrong.” They hear but do not listen.

My fiancé and I asked them if we could move in with them for financial relief while I finished school.

We both work from home and have been doing so for over a year, until he recently got fired from his job.

One of the terms of his contract was to have no background noise, because he worked exclusively over the phone.

My parents would consistently yell, laugh, and have the TV on at the loudest volume.

I asked them to please keep the volume lower. They were very defensive.


My fiancé ended up getting fired from his job, leaving me responsible for all of our finances, as well as some of my parents’ bills in the household.

The company did not give a reason, but we are almost certain it was due to the noise issue.

I mentioned this to my mother. She immediately disregarded the seriousness of what I was telling her. She also said that she has the right to watch television and talk in her own home.

At no point did I ever tell them they are not allowed to watch TV, laugh, talk, etc. I just asked that they do it at a lower volume.


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