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It’s Christmas Eve! You’re prepping the food, wrapping last-minute gifts and reading through your guest list one last time. All is well until you remember that Auntie Pattie will be there. According to her, your sweet potato pie is too sweet. And then there’s your mother-in-law who never ceases to offer her unsolicited parenting advice. If you’re not careful, these people can make your holiday miserable. Don’t let them! Before your guests start coming over, check out these three ways to prepare yourself when it comes to dealing with difficult in-laws and family members.

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1. Think about the bigger picture.

This may be easier said than done, but sometimes, you’ve just got to bite your tongue and remember what the holidays are all about in the first place: family. That means accepting and embracing all your family members for who and what they are because let’s face it: No matter how much the people in our family get on our nerves, we still love them at the end of the day.

2. Find a common thread.

3 Ways To Deal With Difficult Family Members This Holiday Season  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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