Anna Goldfarb c.2019 The New York Times Company
6 minute read
25 Nov 2019
12:10 pm

How to defuse tension at the dinner table during the holidays

Anna Goldfarb c.2019 The New York Times Company

We're not saying it's going to happen ... but just in case. 

For many of us, the holidays are the ultimate stress test: travel snags, the pressure to make things perfect, the sometimes overwhelming holiday “cheer” … not to mention the family drama. “We’re not always our best selves around our families,” said Amy E. Gallo, the author of the “HBR Guide to Dealing With Conflict” and co-host of the Women at Work podcast. “We often say things I think that we don’t really mean or that we wished we hadn’t said.” Even the most placid families can experience some ripples around the holidays, but don’t despair: This is overwhelmingly common. “We all have...