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October 22, 2013 12:00 AM

Carolyn Hax: Daughter-in-law alternates appreciation and criticism

DEAR CAROLYN: My only child, his wife and two children live a substantial distance away. Both my son and daughter-in-law have highly demanding, stressful careers. My husband and I are self-employed, so we can be flexible. We see our son and his family every couple of months and try to be as helpful as the distance permits. We have, for example, several times gone to visit on short notice to baby-sit.

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