Hello and happy Friday everyone. Well, we are on the eve of the holiday season (for those of you who celebrate). The holidays are a time when we often have to chance to see family that we never get to see at any other time of the year. While this can often be wonderful and lots of fun, it can also be a time of worry and concern as we may have one or several family members that are difficult to deal with. Joe Navarro, MA provides us with tips on how to keep family members from ruining the holidays in this article. Please see below for a few of the tips he shares:
- “Recognize reality and don’t sugarcoat it.”
- “You must set boundaries as to what you will and will not tolerate.”
- “Get everyone else to agree that there are topics that simply will not be discussed because they only bring out the worst in these individuals, and don’t allow the conversation to veer into a minefield of divisive issues.”
- “Set time limits: if dinner starts at 6:00 PM, start exactly at that time and let everyone know if they are late, dinner starts without them.”
Navarro also shares some insight into behaviors you may see in these difficult or “toxic” family members. I encourage you to read Ten Ways to Keep Your Family From Ruining Your Holidays so that you can be sure to have a wonderful time together this holiday season.