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Brother Who Hates His Sister

CD Knowles 5 months ago

Dear Knowles,

I’m going to get straight to the point: I hate my sister. This is a big problem because we have to work closely together in the family business, which has to do with building furniture. My sister is forty-one and I’m three years younger. I get along with our other sibling, who also works for the company, but I’ve never liked my sister and over the years it’s gotten worse. Whatever I do, she picks on me with her high and mighty attitude. This may have to do with the fact that I’m married with two young kids, while she’s single and likely to remain so because of her bitchy behavior. It’s always her way or the highway. If I have a point to make, she’ll disagree or get real sarcastic. Our employees are scared of her and so is my father, who’s old and about to retire. We are both managing directors of the firm, though I’m involved with the design end and she’s in charge of finances and payroll. Can you please advise me how to handle the situation?

Thank you very much,

Brother who hates his Sister

Hates his sister

Dear Brother,

You’re adults, in business together and still not getting along??? If you haven’t already, you need family therapy — all of you. If that doesn’t work and you’re still unhappy, I suggest quitting your job. That’s it in a nutshell.

Good luck.  

CD Knowles



Desperate Daughter

Dear Desperate Daughter,

Might not be possible for you to move to where your father is, but if you did, that would likely solve the problem. That’s my two cents worth. Sincerely,  

John H., Aiken, South Carolina


Dear Desperate Daughter,

I don’t see why you can’t just go in and fire the woman. You’re the daughter after all, even if you’re not close. My advice is get yourself the best damn lawyer you can find. All the best, 

Mary H., Toledo, Ohio


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