The four words that changed me forever

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Dear Amy: I wanted to share my take on the “independent” woman who was offended when her in-laws visited her vacation home, cleaned it up, and made some repairs.

Chroniqueuse Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune)

My sisters and I used to complain every time my mom did something for us. My father once said four words that clicked and changed me forever: “Just say thank you. ”

sensational. It was a magical moment for me.

Not needing to prove to others that you are in control makes you more in control.

When my parents came to visit me, I learned to stop trying to control them and enjoyed everything they came to do. My dad flew across the country with his essential toolbox, and my mom also brought him things, including gloves! They loved it if I had plans for them in advance!

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