graduate gift

by Auntie
( CT)

My niece's graduate from college and my nephew graduate for high school and my nephew is now 18years of age before he turn 18 he has said very very mean things about through text and posting on facebook. I am not invited to the graduate party which is for both of them, because I do not like my brother's new wife. My question is should I still send a money gift to both and if I should, should I sent one to my nephew that has been very rude to me and how much from each one of them.

Thank you,
Sera Dennis

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Graduation Gift
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Sera,

My, my! There are many simultaneous dynamics whipping through your family, aren't there?

The first rule of good manners is to make certain your behavior does not make others uncomfortable. Clearly, there is a degree of upset in your family already, some of it coming from your behavior and some from others.

So my advice is this; if you send your niece a card and/or money, send the same to your nephew. Not only is this proper etiquette since they are celebrating together, it is an opportunity for you to show mature, loving behavior toward someone who has hurt your feelings. At the very least, you will not be stirring up the discordant family cauldron.

Stay calm. Be generous of heart. You will surely benefit from your own behavior!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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