Is it rude or inproper not to answer when someone ask a question?

by Felix
(Beaverton, Oregon)

My wife has been corresponding with my ex-son-in-law about my grandson's parenting time. Ex-son-in-law thinks that the parenting time should fit his schedule. That being said he brought my grandson late to a scrimmage lacrosse game, which my grandson loves to play. Now my wife was by herself and my ex-son-in-law greeted my wife and she ignored him. There or other events but with just that event, do you believe that by not responding or ignoring him, considered rude or something else?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Felix,

If your wife's demonstration of her own anger and/or disapproval is to ignore the source of her discomfort, then I'd say her behavior is childish. Because she is an adult, it is also rude. If the welfare of your grandson is the goal, why not suggest she express herself to the ex son in law and clear the air? Frankly, her behavior is not in the grandson's best interest and sets a poor example of human interaction.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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