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Posted by Robin Abrahams  January 5, 2014 07:18 AM

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... is online here. What to do when your brother is engaged to Trouble-with-a-Capital-T? Before you speak your mind, make sure you're doing everything else you can:

First off and from now on, you are the one who texts (with apologies to Walter White). And calls. And pokes and tags and messages and even knocks, if you're that old-school. You need to take the responsibility of initiating contact if you want to keep your brother in your life. Keep other friends and family in that loop as well, doing what you can to strengthen the bonds between your brother and the others. This can be as simple as starting a three-way game of Words With Friends or texting your brother when you're running errands and seeing if he's free for an impromptu coffee. Try to be generous with other kinds of practical help, too--if your brother needs a running partner or someone to look over a cover letter for his dream job, be that person. If your brother must be engaged to a horrible woman, you can at least help him be a buff debt-free guy with a good job and some cool hobbies, engaged to a horrible woman.
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