Hippo Manchester
August 4, 2005

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Dear Sherry,

I had a terrible fight with my younger sister a couple of weeks ago and we haven’t spoken since. She’s very irresponsible and is completely dependent on my parents for everything. She’s 22, a college graduate and unemployed. She told my parents that after she graduated, she wanted to just “chill” for the summer. They think that’s a good idea. She has her friends over all the time and they eat my parents’ food and drink their booze and beer. She is out by the pool or in front of the television every day (after she gets up at noon). My parents refuse to make her do anything she doesn’t want to do and she does little around the house.

The fight was about all of this stuff. I think she’s taking advantage of my folks, she thinks I should mind my own business.

- D

Dear D,

No one can walk over you unless you lay down first. Someone famous said that — or something like that. I understand your concern. But really, it’s not your business. If you want to express your concerns to your sister, that’s fine. But you can’t orchestrate what your parents do with this situation. It’s their house, their money, their kid.

Back off … and try to steer clear of future confrontations.

Sherry Hughes welcomes letters from readers. Contact her via e-mail at sah103@hotmail.com.