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Posted by Robin Abrahams  October 28, 2012 08:02 AM

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... is online here. How many of you are dreading having to cope with in-laws this holiday season? Do you have any secrets for doing so with grace? Here's what I offered Letter Writer #1:

Making the decision to honor a miserable parent as a moral choice can be liberating. It enables the child to stop treating the parent like a relationship waiting to happen and start treating her (in this case) like the human chore that she is. If you do have your mother-in-law over, entertain--guests will dilute her poison. Take frequent brisk walks. Take frequent brisk drinks. Whatever works. And then arrange for a weekend away for you and your husband after the holidays.
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