My uncle is imply to my brother. What can I do? Ask Ellie

QMy uncle is de facto imply to my brother. He’s at all times saying imply issues to him when he thinks nobody else can hear. My brother isn’t afraid of him, however he doesn’t inform my mother as a result of he doesn’t need to upset her.

I didn’t even know the whole lot till I noticed and heard one thing as soon as and requested my brother about it. He admitted that my uncle had been imply to him for a number of years.

Fortunately, we don’t dwell in the identical nation so we solely see them a couple of times a 12 months and just for a number of days at a time. We didn’t see them in any respect throughout COVID-19 however had a household reunion this summer time.

I’m unsure what to do. I’m glad my uncle isn’t imply to me, however I don’t need him to deal with my brother badly any extra.

Protecting Brother

AYou need to inform an grownup what your uncle is doing. In case you’re nervous about upsetting your mother, inform your dad or another person you belief. What he’s doing to your brother is extra than simply imply and unkind. It’s verbal and emotional abuse.

Nobody deserves that sort of bullying, and it should be stopped. And although I can’t assure it, I’m sure that your mom would quite know and put a cease to this behaviour. Sure, chances are you’ll danger falling out of your uncle’s favour, however you’ll be saving your brother from the fixed abuse.

You’ve bought this.

QMy finest buddy’s brother informed his girlfriend, who could be very shut with my girlfriend, that I cheated on her after we have been away on a guys’ journey this summer time. I did no such factor. In reality, we have been on a stag journey, and it made me notice that I’m able to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I’ve by no means and would by no means cheat on her.

However my girlfriend is now actually upset and gained’t converse to me. How do I rectify this case?


AWhat a catastrophe. However why would your girlfriend consider her buddy so simply, with out even providing you with an opportunity to elucidate your self? Get old school and write her a letter. It might be the one approach.

QI have a buddy that I like sufficient. We met years in the past by means of our then-girlfriends, however stayed in contact as we’re in the identical occupation. We each prefer to golf and sail so spend extra time collectively in the summertime. We’ve even been on trip collectively.

However each fall and winter, he’ll name to ask me out for drinks, and once I say sure, he asks to borrow my leaf blower or my snowblower, relying on the season. I get pleasure from his firm so I’m at all times glad to say sure, however I discover it odd that he wants to ask me out to be able to borrow my gear.

I’m unsure if he likes me as a buddy or if he simply likes the perks.

Totally Stocked Buddy

AI see the predicament you’re in. So as to assuage any doubts about your friendship, you should bounce the gun on this one. As quickly as you see the leaves beginning to fall, name him your self and ask if he’d prefer to borrow your blower. You’ll undoubtedly take him abruptly.

He could also be embarrassed; but when he’s actually a buddy, I can hear him responding with one thing like, “Thanks a lot. However that was at all times my excuse to see you within the off season. When can we go for a drink?”

At the very least, I hope that’s what he’s pondering. Let me know the way it performs out.

FEEDBACKRelating to the Uber driver who generally has impolite and disrespectful clients (Sept. 2):

Reader: “He’s already seeing the total spectrum of individuals in our land. The unlucky fact is that these individuals shall be there in no matter job/occupation/profession he later engages in.

“There are going to be ‘idiots’ in each side of his life. And, there’s actually nothing he can do about these individuals.

“So, my recommendation follows that of Lisi. However, I’d add one essential level. Be pleased with who he’s and by no means compromise his requirements.

“My automotive is clear, I don’t smoke and I preserve the home windows cracked so there’s at all times contemporary air movement. I’m quiet and pleasant, say whats up when individuals get in my automotive and ask them if the temperature is comfy.”

“I’d additionally counsel for him to go to bookstores and analysis coping methods and strategies for coping with these individuals.”

Ellie Tesher and Lisi Tesher are recommendation columnists for the Star and are primarily based in Toronto. Ship your relationship questions by way of e-mail to:


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