Feeling Disrespected

by Gina
(Garden City, Michigan)

Is it okay for single women to send my Husband personalized greeting cards? Should this not upset me?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Gina,

The answer to your question depends upon the relationship between your husband and the single woman; are they co-workers, old school friends, ex-lovers? Are these cards related to events such as birthday or Christmas?

In general, it can be poor manners for a single woman to correspond with a married man unless it is all above board and the spouse is comfortable.

I cannot answer whether or not you should be upset; that would also depend upon the circumstances of their relationship. However, it appears that you are upset. Please discuss this with your husband, letting him know your feelings. This discussion would also shed some light on the reason for the correspondence, if your spouse has any control over whether or not he receives these greeting cards, etc.

I do hope this helps. Good luck and remember that quiet, honest communication is the mannerly approach to understanding.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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