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Monday question: It's not easy being right

Posted by Robin Abrahams  April 18, 2011 08:05 AM

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I love this question so, so much: 

how can the concept of common sense be introduced to family members so that it doesn't come across as a complaint or basis for an argument? example? now that temperatures are warmer it's great to open windows mid day for some fresh air - but only if the thermostat is turned down. or soaking dishes and cups in the sink instead of letting them sit with milk or coffee till they require scrubbing. or not using the highest heat setting in the dryer when doing delicate clothing. or other stuff car related. i sound like i have all the answers and people don't appreciate that. i don't have the answers but i think i use common sense more than many of the people i live with. help!

What advice do you have for this lonely, correct soul, my readers? I'll be back on Friday to weigh in with my own thoughts. And I'll be chatting here from noon-1 on Wednesday, so come on back for that. 
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