Harry Guinness
6 minute read
28 Nov 2019
4:46 pm

How to deal with difficult relatives over the holidays

Harry Guinness

If a relative seems determined to pick a fight and disagrees with everything you say, view it as a reflection of who they are.

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Your family doesn’t just know how to push your buttons, it installed them in the first place. But that doesn’t mean family events are destined to be terrible blowups. Almost no one sits down at a dinner table planning to upset everyone else there. Here are some tips for dealing with difficult relatives and tricky relationships over the holidays, whether it’s an overly critical father or a grandson you just don’t see eye-to-eye with. Stick to the things you have in common. “Instead of looking for the things that make us different, look for the things that we have in...