Therapist Has Advice For Civil Thanksgiving Discussions

Do you expect the conversation to get hot over Thanksgiving and Christmas with family members if the talk turns to politics? Birmingham Maple Clinic marriage and family therapist Carrie Krawiec says you should try to avoid screaming at one another.

“Avoid situations where you might go in trying to humiliate or shame somebody,” Krawiec told Michigan News Network. “I think some really interesting things would be to use some of this time, whether in person or via Zoom calls, is to maybe talk about how the family, in the family history, how did different members choose their political values?”

Kraywiec says if things get heated, try to redirect the conversation. Or, she suggests having some activities planned for the get together, whether it’s in person or online.