Carolyn Hax: Parents too involved in kids' relationships

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: November 3, 2013 - 1:46 PM

Hi, Carolyn: This question has been stewing for a long time, and I really don’t know what to do. Two years ago my brother and his now-wife were preparing to get married and felt so much pressure, judgment and negativity from my parents leading up to the wedding that they almost uninvited them. That relationship has since repaired a bit, though there is still a lot of tension.

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bobsuruncle1Nov. 3, 13 2:36 PM

With every son or daughter, ask them if they would like a cash gift in lieu of paid wedding expenditures - a down payment on a house sounds smarter than rose petals on a rented silk wedding aisle runner.

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davehougNov. 5, 1310:53 AM

When engaged, a fair question to mate is "Would you rather spend $$ on a car or a big wedding?". If two can't talk about money and wants and priorities now......

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merrytrareNov. 5, 13 2:02 PM

My understanding is that most young people pay for their wedding celebrations. Parents pay what they can.

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