Holiday conversations are hard to navigate


Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and food.

Family, though, can make it a little hard when they start to try to talk about what you’re up to and get too personal.

The younger generation that’s still in school, whether high school or college, have to deal with the dreaded questions like “when are you going to graduate?” or “what are you plans?”

Maybe cue cards could help or have the answers already prepared that way those questions don’t stump you. 

The one conversation I hate the most is when relatives nitpick your appearance — especially your weight because it’s like they expect you to stay the weight you were since they last saw you.

This can make me  too self conscious to actually enjoy the food, which is the best part of Thanksgiving. 

It might be a good thing to bring up the issues of what criticizing body images does to confidence and that relatives shouldn’t do it even if they think it’s harmless.

One thing to absolutely avoid is politics, because that can get as heated as the turkey. 

Politics can make everything so much worse due to opposing views that want to be heard.

If you’re brave enough to try to educate your relatives on your opinions, then I say kudos to you because you might get them to see from your point of view. 

I think if you take the calm approach that it might deescalate the situation and it can make for a decent conversation than a screaming match.

There’s also “friendsgiving,” which could save you when you can’t deal with family or don’t have a close family.

Friendsgiving is the more relaxed version of Thanksgiving because it’s with people you may actually be able to tolerate and party with without worrying about personal questions.

That’s not to say you can’t play catch up with friends but it definitely won’t be as stressful as actual Thanksgiving.