Strings Attached

Posted on | November 18, 2018 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My niece recently became pregnant and decided to name her baby after me. I was thrilled at first  since we were never really that close but now I realize that along with the “honor,” came a financial expectation.  My niece has asked me if I would buy a carseat, a stroller and a crib.  She also wants me to host a baby shower for her. So far, I have done what my niece asked but I’m not sure what is coming next. I don’t have kids of my own so maybe my niece is just trying to get me involved.  But is this kind of thing normal?
Auntie

Dear Auntie:
NORMAL? No such thing. However, this does feel atypical. We suggest YOU decide what feels right to you and then have a conversation with your niece before the baby is born. You need to know what she expects going forward. If it is more than you can handle say so now.

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