"Amy, could you speak to the issue of how to gracefully handle changing the subject when politics comes up over the holidays...at the dinner table, for example?" *Editorial note: This blog was originally written regarding politics but applies to any
topic. Each family has their own "hot topics" and this serves as a guideline for respectfully quieting those issues. (12/18/17)
This question was raised in my FB group for parents and I was very happy to help Michael, and all of you, with this issue.
After a very contentious political season, I'm sure many of us would like to just relax and enjoy our family gatherings without someone stirring up trouble!
I always recommend a proactive approach when you know a situation could get heated. Start off with addressing the issue with everyone well before the date of the dinner. You can say something like:
"I'm are so excited that we're all getting together for Thanksgiving dinner. It's been a stressful couple of weeks and this will be a great time for everyone to relax and unwind. Having said that, we are asking that everyone agrees to leave politics out of our family dinner...after all, I think we all need a break from that stress, right?"