In just a couple of weeks we'll gather together with family and friends to celebrate all that we're grateful for and eat/drink our hearts out ... yay for Thanksgiving! One of the biggest entertaining days of the year, it's no surprise that there are also stressors that accompany the Thanksgiving holiday for hostesses and guests alike.
For many, the family dynamics tend to stress them out throughout the planning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Below, we're sharing a common conundrum that folks worry about and are providing solutions that you can stick to!
Situation: The outspoken relative.
We all have that one relative that knows just the wrong thing to say at the most inappropriate time, ha! Most likely, they don't mean to offend, it's just their way. So, what can you do?
Unless this guest is intentionally disrespectful, you need to come to terms with the fact that their behavior is out of your control. Folks who speak out tend to want to be heard, so acknowledge that you're hearing what they are saying. If it gets negative, just ask that the conversation be postponed until after dinner or saved for another day.
You can also assign your outspoken guests with a special job to be in charge of to allow them to be a part of the festivities. By doing this, you're providing them with a focus as well as showing them that they are useful and important without needing to get loud or draw attention.