Divorced parents

by M
(Washington )

My husbands parents got divorced and remarried when he and his sister were 16 and 17. His mom has been remarried for 27 years and is very upset that her kids did not throw a 25th wedding anniversary party for her and her husband. Is it the responsibility of the step children to throw a party?

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Party Responsibility
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear M,

I believe the answer depends upon the relationship between the couple and the step children.

It is never a "responsibility" to give a party, but a gift given from the heart. If there is acrimony 2 years after the missed event, my guess is there is more going on here than just hurt feelings. Strictly from an etiquette point of view however, step children are not obligated.

Ms. Practical Etiquette


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Step mother re: anniversary Party
by: Anonymous

If nothing else, I would say this step mother has far too much wasted time on her hands! Did she ever ask that "the kids" throw a party for her? How rude of the step mom to expect this let alone verbalized it. A logical answer seems to me that a cash donation to a needy cause, in the name of the parents, be donated.

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