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Sunday, September 24, 2006

My mother asks personal questions

WATERTOWN

My mother has this horrible habit of asking questions that are far too personal. Recently, she asked friends of mine what they'd paid for their home. My friends were reluctant to reveal that information and said so, but my mother continued to press the point until everyone felt uncomfortable. The next time she directs a personal question (usually relating to money or relationships) at me or my friends, is there something I can do to keep the situation from becoming awkward?

K.L. in Watertown

Find out what this reader should do in today's Miss Conduct column in the Globe magazine.

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