Did one of your parents tell you things to intentionally exclude the other parent? Tips for Approaching Difficult Conversations with People You Love With the holidays around the corner, many people are experiencing a combination of excitement and nostalgia for the festive season along with the sting of unresolved or unexpressed challenges with people we love. By choosing the calm, centered state, you’ll help your opponent/partner to be more centered, too. Consider the following tips for working towards mutual understanding, respect, and resolution: Elicit the other person’s perspective and listen without interrupting. That way, neither party feels like they have an advantage. Tell your parents ahead of time that you’d like the first 10 minutes to share your news without interruption. Whenever possible, try to schedule your conversation for a quiet space that is relatively private to reduce any environmental distractions. But medical and financial realities must be addressed. Ask your family members to reflect on things they’ve learned or began to appreciate through the sad events. The Conversations Never End. But how do you all come together when something is tearing everyone apart? 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Oftentimes we need to share our perspective, clear the air, or let someone know how we feel in order to engage in our relationships with greater authenticity and richness, and having difficult conversations – whether we are the confronter or the one being confronted – is a crucial element to relational depth. However, most of the time, someone who’s going through these types of challenges needs a verbal push from a loved one in order to make changes. The aging process and death is undoubtedly the most difficult discussion to have with an aging parent. Some conversations we avoided and some we had which went poorly. Difficult challenges, such as breakups, divorce, substance abuse or mental health issues, are difficult to discuss because people don’t want to overstep relationship boundaries. If the conversation is particularly difficult, you may want to consider a neutral space. Why money conversations with the family are a must Dr Frank Magwegwe , financial planner and founder of Thrive Financial Wellness says that regular money discussions strengthen relationships and let you know you are not alone in concerns around your finances. Is there anything from my past being triggered by the current issue? Show that you understand what they’re saying: “What I hear you saying is _____. I’m sure it makes the conversation at least a little bit easier. Send him or her the resources you’ve gathered (websites, treatment centers, therapists, etc.). Fill out our contact form or call us at 773-512-4992 to find out how the therapists at Bergen Counseling Center can help you prepare to have difficult conversations with your loved ones. Discuss happy events that have happened when you’ve been together in the past. I’ll try to be more open in the future and let you know how I feel in the moment.”. Joan Kelly Rafferty, OTR/L I get a lot of questions from family caregivers about how to handle difficult conversations that come up around sensitive topics such as driving, personal care, housework and finances. But McCorvey suggested taking some time beforehand to meditate or do … Being able to handle a difficult conversation successfully can not only transform your project into something more manageable but also more enjoyable for everyone. It can be very difficult not to let your emotions get the best of you when you’re having a difficult conversation with a family … Remember, such teachable moments are not a one-time thing. If you neglected to consider an important piece of a patient’s history, then be upfront about your shortcoming. Communicate from the place of feeling. Approach the other person with curiosity, openness, and a collaborative mindset. 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