Can I ask my mother-in-law not to honk?

by Carol

My mother-in-law moved to the Dallas area almost a year ago. A couple of months ago, she began walking her dog in the park by our house nearly every evening. When she drives over, she parks in our driveway (which is fine) and honks. I don't think she expects us to come out, but it makes me feel funny not to do so if we're home. Second, the honking is disruptive if I'm in the middle of helping our daughter with homework or her piano lesson--of course, she is going to want to stop what she is doing. Is it OK for me to ask her not to honk anymore? I would never dream of honking each night at her house.

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Quieting the Honking
by: Ms P Etiquette


In a polite, caring tone explain to your mother-in-law how much you would appreciate her not honking upon her arrival. Let her know you appreciate her thoughtfulness, letting you know she is in the driveway and you are so glad she is able to have this convenience for her time in the park. Invite her to come to the door instead if she would like to talk with you.

Practical etiquette calls for kind directness whenever possible to prevent avoidance or resentment.

Thank you for your interesting question.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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