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Barking mad relatives!

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  • AnotherJoeAnotherJoe Forumite
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    OP, if I were you, I would reply to the email today.

    Comment how it's lovely to hear from your aunt, you don't meet up often enough, agree that your aunt's plans sound great and while you are not in a position to help out at this time, offer a list of reasonably priced accommodations and creches etc. Tell her to be sure to tell the niece and baby to drop in for dinner/ to visit from time to time - but to ring ahead of course. Regretfully let her know you are unavailable at weekends for the moment so a meet up won't be possible for a while. Don't say why, no need.

    I wouldn't be forceful or nasty, I wouldn't explain myself, just repeat as needed 'I'm not in a position to help out right now, but here are some other suggestions and the very best of luck to her, let me know how she gets on'.

    There are many families who consider it normal to help each other out like this. My family hosted my cousin for years so that he could attend school here, I have hosted cousins for summer months to let them live and work here, my kids would never pay for accommodation if they go to their cousins' cities (handy for trips abroad now!).

    There is really no need for outrage or offence - it's just that your aunt probably doesn't realize you are not one of those types of family members. Your mum is probably caught in the middle, coming from the same background as your aunt but knowing you are unlikely to be accepting of it.


    This response reminds me of the "bad advice for tourists in London" jokes.

    Very funny, but terrible advice all the same.
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    Marvel1Marvel1 Forumite
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    edited 6 May 2019 at 1:53PM
    I haven't read prior threads, my answer was just in relation to this thread.

    I think there is more than one way to skin a cat. My way is to choke it with cream, your way is to bludgeon it with a hammer.

    The end result is the same, either way.

    You need read everything to understand your way is not going to work and will be worse.

    P.S. You never answered Pollycat's question: Did the cousins turn up unexpected?
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    ska_loverska_lover Forumite
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    edited 6 May 2019 at 6:24PM
    The aunts daughter....

    The conversations need to make the aunt give up an go away.

    Telling her she thing her daughter ia a tramp sleeps around and you don't want her in your house bringing random bloke round.
    Add the modelling is just a cover for being a prostitute for good measure.

    Far easier to say no though, eh.

    And if any unwarranted verbal personal attacks were to be made, in this kind of situation - it just says more about the person making them in my opinion.

    But I am assuming you are joking so hey Smiley face and all that
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  • SayschezzaSayschezza Forumite
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    Elinore wrote: »
    We are a mews house - so the front door is out into the street the whole row doesn't have a front garden at all

    something like this (but less swish)

    https://everchangingmews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Stanhope-Mews-South-5-of-7.jpg

    Blow the niece get ready for me to move in.
  • edited 7 May 2019 at 12:20PM
    cheskychesky Forumite
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    edited 7 May 2019 at 12:20PM
    Elinore has been unusually silent...
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  • splishsplashsplishsplash Forumite
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    Marvel1 wrote: »
    You need read everything to understand your way is not going to work and will be worse.

    P.S. You never answered Pollycat's question: Did the cousins turn up unexpected?

    I couldn't say about the cousins going to school - I was a child myself so don't remember much about it.

    My own children's cousins would have been by very casual arrangement - cousin phones and asks, I say fine and clear it with the parents.
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  • ska_loverska_lover Forumite
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    chesky wrote: »
    Elinore has been unusually silent...

    OH Jesus, I hope the mad rellys have not descended:rotfl:
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  • Sea_ShellSea_Shell Forumite
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    Have you sent it yet??!!! The longer you leave it the harder it will get. Bite the bullet.
    " That pound I saved yesterday, is a pound I don't have to earn tomorrow ":beer: JOB DONE!!
    This should now read "It's time to start digging up those Squirrelled Nuts"!!! :j:j:j
  • ElinoreElinore Forumite
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    ok, I've been silent because have not sent it yet. (i know! I know!)

    I should mention I have written several but either I'm way too harsh or way too soft. I can't be doing with a family fall out as that would actually worse than a wee lass and baby turning up - so I'm trying WAY too hard and its making my emails terrible

    I'm such a chicken as I only posting this here today as i am away for two days so i can dodge your wrath too! :D
  • Sea_ShellSea_Shell Forumite
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    Obviously its entirely up to you how you want to handle this...but handle it you must one way or the other, eventually. They don't sound like the sort to let it drop.

    What's the least worse thing that can happen??!!
    " That pound I saved yesterday, is a pound I don't have to earn tomorrow ":beer: JOB DONE!!
    This should now read "It's time to start digging up those Squirrelled Nuts"!!! :j:j:j
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