The Ultimate Guide To Solving Family Problems (Part 1 of 2)

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I have to say that my family is mostly drama free. It could be that I’m naive to it or that I cause it so I don’t notice it happening. Whatever it is, it’s working for me so I’m not going to change it. I have a fairly large extended family on both my mother’s and my father’s side so there is always some issue happening.

This is a list of grievances I have with my family…umm I mean, this is my guide to solving family problems.

Get the ball rolling – Reconciliation doesn’t just happen on it’s own. You have to get it started. The best way is to comment on something unrelated that you know will get the other party’s blood boiling and cause them to go off on a tangent from the original conversation. You don’t want to be the one who actually brings up the problem. That just looks petty. Goat someone else into doing it.

Have a family dinner – Figure out who’s bringing the potato salad and the gluten free salsa and let’s get everyone in the same room. Play it cool like nothing is wrong, then later that night send them an email about how disappointed you are about their actions and how much you enjoyed the casserole they made.

Air it out on Facebook – The social media site is for more than just your 136 pictures of your trip to Dollywood. It’s a great place to voice your displeasure with your family (Unless you have a blog with a growing audience), but you don’t want use any specifics like names or places just in case they read it. Who am I kidding? Of course you want them to read it, but you still want to keep that hint of doubt whether it’s about them or not.

Have a strategy session – Get together with someone who shares your views on the pending problem. Write down your plan of attack, but leave room for improvisation just in case things deviate from your original plan. It’s a good idea to get someone else’s perspective on the situation and find out any gossip they’ve heard that you may not have. You don’t want to go into this without knowing all the details.

Just react – In the family problems game faster is always better. There’s no time to think about the words coming out of your mouth. You just have to react and what comes out, comes out. Don’t bother taking time to think about things and write an email or private message. Pick up the phone and call them or comment on their Facebook post so everyone can see it.

If these weren’t enough to solve your family problems then you need to read “The Ultimate Guide To Solving Family Problems – Part 2” to get the rest of the solutions.

How does your family solve problems?


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