Dear Queenie,

  My sister-in-law has a habit of making critical comments when she visits us. If she doesn’t like the food we serve she will say it tastes spoiled, or she will complain that the floor is sticky and needs to be washed.

  Queenie, how do I deal with her without starting a fight?—Angry wife


Dear Wife,

  By being as sweet and pleasant to her as you can. However, if she complains about the food, feel free to offer to let her do the cooking – and buy the ingredients, if necessary. And if she complains about a dirty floor, thank her for noticing and hand her a mop.