Q: On the weekends, one of my greatest indulgences is the ability to sleep late. Unfortunately, my in-laws call and wake us up almost every weekend. It is not uncommon for them to call as early as 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday. In my opinion, this is extremely rude and thoughtless, and it is making me resent them. What is the most tactful way to handle this problem?
A: As a general rule, place your calls between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. unless you are certain a friend or relative doesn’t mind being called earlier or later. Even those who don’t go to bed at nine o’clock may consider their day “closed” after that hour.
This being said, you and/or your husband may tell your in-laws that although you enjoy speaking with them, you would appreciate it if they would not call before a certain time since you look forward to sleeping in on the week-ends and ask for their understanding and cooperation.