When it comes to family and the holidays, even Rudolph had trouble keeping the peace with the other reindeer during the merriest time of the year.
So how about we get proactive this year and learn a few ways to disarm the landmines before they detonate? Prepping for, and successfully handling, family conflict is an excellent way to teach our children how to do the same. After all, the way you treat your spouse, your in-laws, and extended family will likely be the standard your kids adopt.
A few relationship ground rules:
Know what you control. You can’t control other people; you can only control yourself. So, don’t waste time or energy getting fumed about things out of your hands. Getting frustrated with people who live, act, or express themselves differently than you do is like getting mad at the rain for falling. You have no control so smile politely, and let it go.…