Manners with my boyfriend ex wife.

by Alexa
(New York)


I am really concern about the way I should behave in front of my fiance ex wife. They have a two year old son together, and soon he will be baptized so I know we will have to be there. Can you please help me out, I don't want to make no drama nor be disrespectful to her or her family. Even though she doesn't like me, my fiance insist that as his fiancee he wants me there. I want to be polite to them, I also don't want to take over things that I shouldn't. Even though I would like to be helping them in every aspect of this ceremony and celebration. Please tell me what is appropriate and what is not.

Thank you.

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Handling the Situation
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Alexa~

What a thoughtful question! From the tone of your letter, I imagine your own empathy will carry you through. However, I am happy to give you a few pointers for handling this delicate situation.

At its core, this event involves people who are relatived to the boy being christened. If you keep this in mind, you will feel less like you should be "helping" and more inclined to be a spectator. Be polite and gracious to everyone, including the ex wife, no matter how you are received. When it is over, you will feel good about yourself and your behavior. One more thought, ask your fiance if the family is expecting you. This is important for the comfort of all concerned.

Good Luck,

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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