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Sticky Situations: How to Handle the Holidays with Family

Dec 16, 2022 / Relationships and Communication     

Every family has relationships and relatives that are difficult. Here are some tips on how to handle these guests in your home. Maybe you have a “Judgmental Judy.” Judy is the relative that is always telling everyone what someone else is doing wrong, usually behind their backs. Be ready to gently remind Judy that you're not going to listen to constant judgments about others. Or, maybe you’ve got a “Profane Paul.”  He’s that relative that has no filter for obscenities. Talk to Paul ahead of time and let him know that you want to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone and that you’re expecting him to be careful with his words. So enjoy the holidays with family and those rambunctious relatives.



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