As we approach another holiday that may require an appearance at a family gathering, let’s try to remember this: “A little goes a long way.” How much we participate with family is up to US, there is no law that says we have to spend a certain amount of time with the people in our families, but if you feel you must and you are one of the millions who have issues with their family, let’s be smart about it.
Plan your time and know you can leave whenever you want. Set the boundaries in an email before the visit of what you will or will not discuss. And if in the moment the conversation starts to fall apart. STOP. Yes, you get to stop and say, “I love you too much to continue this conversation.”
“Today I will create the space of boundaries and compassion to participate with family or others who may not agree with me, but whom I love.”