By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK
Stacy, 30, and Dave, 34, have been dating for over a year. Things are going wonderfully, but they recently ran into some friction when Dave attended his cousin Michelle's birthday party, but didn't invite Stacy to come along for the festivities. Who's right?
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He says: "My cousin moved out of state, so I only get to see her about once or twice a year. We were really close growing up, so when she was in town to celebrate her birthday, I just wanted to spend all the time I could with her to catch up. It was nothing personal against Stacy, but sometimes I like to hang out with friends or family alone."
He says: "I was hurt that Dave didn't invite me to Michelle's party. A night out with the guys is one thing, but a birthday party for a close friend or family member should include me. I also haven't met this cousin since she lives far away, so it would've been nice to have the bonding time and feelRead More »from Settle an Argument: Should Partners Always Be Invited to Family Events?