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Ask Amy: Husband thinks his wife is too close to her kids

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We both have adult children from previous marriages.

My husband isn’t as close with his children as I am with mine. My children and I have always spent a lot of time together and we connect through text or phone calls almost daily.

My husband believes this is excessive. He doesn’t see or keep in touch with his children that way.

I try to explain to him that my children grew up in a close family, and we remain close.

I think we should be glad that they like us and want to spend time with us.

I have recently retired. My husband is still working. He travels out of town about twice a month.


When he goes out of town, I take the opportunity to see my children.

This upsets my husband. He says, “Why do you always have to go somewhere or do something when I go out of town? Why can’t you just stay home?”

When I asked why this bothers him, he claimed that it was because “it costs money.”

We are not struggling financially, my kids always pay their own way, and most of the time I’m just spending time with them in their homes.


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