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Ask Shanae: Sister-in-Law Issues

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Published on Aug 5, 2011

My Response to the Question: Ok, this question isn't long, but I wanna give u a little background so bear with me.
I'm married and I have a sister-in law that is close in age with my husband and I. Before meeting & marrying me, she was the most important woman in his life since they have always been close siblings. She and I seemingly had a lot in common. It was weird, we studied at the same University, same major, she & I are even of the same zodiac sign....so you get the point lol. The difference is that while I am very inviting to new people I meet, she had more of a stand off-ish approach. She had nothing nice to say about me at first (when I wasn't around)....but I let that go & we went on to have a somewhat close relationship. As time went on some things happened and she & I butted heads on an issue. In true Taurus form, we tore into eachother and afterward I felt bad & apologized not b/c I was wrong, but b/c I know how much she means to my husband & I didn't want it to hurt him. We moved forward again & started hanging out together again & doing the things we used to do. Eventually we had another conflict so this time I had my husband try & talk to her so that I could avoid another blow up. Her disrespect showed its nasty head yet again & this time I had enough & I let her know exactly how I felt about everything. I basically told her that by disrespecting me she disrespects her own brother & our children and I got very nasty with her. It didn't go well and neither my husband or I speak to her anymore & vica versa. I feel completely justified in cutting her from my life, but I feel bad for all of our children. The kids still see eachother from time to time at their grandmother's house, but nothing will ever be as it was & she will never be welcome where I reside. My question to you is... how do you deal with a self-righteous sister-in law that has entitlement issues, or who feels that you should kneel b/c she is your husband's sister? It is far from my personality to ever do that...as I would never expect anyone else to, but I just want to know if there was maybe a better way it could have been handled. Our reactions resulted in chosing to no longer deal with her b/c of her nonsense & attitude.

thanks,
sorry its so long

http://shanaejohnson.com/

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