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<<Hmmmmm, I happen to know of someone who resides in the Great Northwest with some emotional ties to nieces/nephews.........

Yes, and an uncle has even fewer rights with regards to access than a father does, i.e., none. Those nephews could be removed at any time! Why make the emotional investment? >>

My commitment is limited, and I defer to the parents in every respect in how they raise their children. I'm lucky enough to have a brother and sister in law whose methods and ideas of child rearing are better than any I'd come up with, so defrring to their judgement is easy to do.

My sister in law is about the only person in the world I'd suck up to were it necessary to do so. But she is a very generous person to me in sharing the hospitality of their home, and I always try to be helpful in doing repairs and maintenance around their home.

So I would characterize those relationships as "loving and respectful," and I aim to keep it that way. I might add that my sister in law is a ideologically committed feminist and liberal Democrat, and we respect each other's differences on such issues as well.

Seattle Pioneer
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