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Miss Conduct

Advice on setting ground rules for houseguests

Plus, how can two former friends act nice for a night?

A few months ago, my cousin e-mailed me saying she and her husband were planning to visit. First, they were going to come for a few days, and then it was a week, and now they’re bringing their son. I’ve never had houseguests, other than immediate family, for a whole week before. Should I be providing meals every night? In addition to my full-time job, I have a part-time job and don’t really want to give up the income for a week. What’s the etiquette here?

Anonymous / Boston

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