My partner’s toxic family is ruining our wedding plans | Ask Philippa

Try to understand them rather than judging them – and do this so that you become unstuck, which is what you want after all

The dilemma My boyfriend proposed to me a couple years ago. I was delighted. Sadly, his family were less than impressed. Although I have a PhD, I’m American and his British family look down on me because I’m not British, and I didn’t attend Oxbridge. It’s ironic: none of them have anything near a PhD.

I told my mother about this and she subsequently refused to communicate with my partner’s mother. The plans trudged on and both mothers became unbearable.

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