Husband's ex at babyshower

by Kim Voss
(Galesburg, Illinois, USA )

My step-daughter is having a baby and my-laws wanted to throw a shower for her,which is great,except my stepdaughter has asked that her mother and her mother's family be invited also. I do not understand why both sides have to get together. Why not have 2 showers. No, i do not get along with my husband's ex and I do not know how to handle this with out looking immature about the whole deal. I feel disrespected. Am I wrong?

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Ex Attendance
by: Ms P Etiquette

Kim,

This party is in honor of your step daughter. She would, of course, want her mother to attend. Proper etiquette calls upon you to make every effort to ensure that all attending are comfortable. While blended families can be challenging and you cannot control the behavior of others, you do have control of your own behavior. Please remember the party is not for you, but for the mother to be and how long can it last? I do not see this as a sign of disrespect at all, but a loving family gesture for the sake of this woman whose parents are divorced.

Please try.
Ms. Practical Etiquette

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