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Can I Tell My In-Laws Not to Hook Up in My 7-Year-Old’s Bed?

Can I Tell My In-Laws Not to Hook Up in My 7-Year-Old’s Bed?

Advice on manners and morals.
Jan. 11 2017 12:06 PM

Dear Prudence: The “Family Matters” Edition

Prudence and Juan-Pablo Brammer on low-key racism, in-law hookups, and other family affairs.


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Prudie and writer Juan-Pablo Brammer explore the fine line of low-key racism. Then, your questions:

  • How can I keep my sister from terrorizing my new boyfriend?
  • Help! My in-laws hold me prisoner in their home country.
  • Closer to home: Can I tell my husband’s parents not to hook up in my kid’s bed?
  • I’ve been supporting my sister. Then I found out she’s been trash-talking our family on the internet.
  • How do I tell my husband I’m bisexual?

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