Nightly sibling chats interrupt family time


Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for almost 25 years.

We are now almost empty-nesters with one daughter in high school.

My wife has a brother and a sister about her same age.

I have an issue with their family dynamic that is magnified now that we are older. The two siblings call my wife at all times of the day or night just to chat.

Her brother is divorced and lives by himself, so he has no reference to downtime.

Her sister is married, but she too, calls whenever the mood strikes.

This happens seven days a week.

My wife and I both work and have hectic days.

By 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. we are both ready for dinner (we both contribute equally and share all the household chores) and to spend some quality time together.

Her siblings have no concept of this.

Part of this is my wife’s fault because she will always answer their calls no matter what we are doing — and then she will chat about whatever the day’s topic might be.


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