“Oh my, I see you’ve put on a few pounds.”
“What happened to that guy you were dating?”
“I guess I’ll never get any grand kids.”
Whether from your insensitive aunt, or your doting mother, comments like this can put a damper on being home for the holidays. If you are looking forward to seeing family but at the same time slightly dreading it, don’t worry; that feeling is more common than you think.
Here are a few tips to help you protect your happiness this holiday season so you can enjoy your time with family even more.
Set your boundaries ahead of time.
Remember that you are an adult, not a child. If you’ve had reoccurring boundary issues with a certain family member in the past, consider calling them ahead of time. i.e. Aunt Cheryl, I appreciate your interest in my love life, but I would really appreciate it if you didn’t ask me about it in front of the whole family. This makes me uncomfortable.