What are some ways to deal with family conflict?

Now that the holiday season is finally here, many families in Michigan are facing a great deal of stress when it comes to gatherings. This is especially true for couples who’ve recently undergone a divorce, who may experience issues with scheduling, as well as a great likelihood of family conflict. While you can’t always prevent interpersonal battles over the holidays, VeryWellMind.com offers the following tips to help mitigate them.

Be realistic about family relationships

If you know you’ll deal with some conflict at family events, prepare yourself for the possibility. While you will still experience stress, being prepared can help you deal with the situation better. For instance, if your loved ones constantly criticize you be sure to take their harsh words with a grain of salt. While you can’t control the words or actions of other people, you can control your response.

Create a reasonable holiday schedule

Visiting many different family members over the holidays can be a real hassle. If you’re divorced and share custody other issues may arise as well, which can prevent you from feeling comfortable with your ex's relatives. In this case, switch off holiday scheduling so you have your kids for one gathering, while your ex will get them for the next.

Host your own gathering

Of course, you can also choose to have a holiday celebration at your own home. Not only is this more convenient for you, it also allows you to choose who you would like to celebrate with. You can even choose to have a private celebration with just you and your kids. That way you can honor the meaning of the season without all the unnecessary conflict that tends to accompany it.

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