Mother’s Day Isn’t All Happy; It’s Complicated

Mother’s Day Isn’t All Happy; It’s Complicated

5 Ways People Deal with Mother’s Day… And Life.

 Do you have a Mother’s Day Hangover? Not from alcohol (though alcohol may have been involved!) but from family togetherness?

The accepted idea is that Mother’s Day is a day for everyone to celebrate. Go to brunch. Have a big family dinner. Flowers. Cards. Hugs. After all, everyone has a mother. Hmmm. Mother’s Day is actually so much more complicated than that.

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Are You Dreading Heading Home For The Holidays?

Are You Dreading Heading Home For The Holidays?

hen you go home for the holidays, will you have to deal with someone who tries to manipulate and shame you? Many of us have people in our families who have an automatic way of interacting with the world that involves trying to manipulate those around them— they shame us, put us down, or just ignore us as if we don’t matter. They learned these patterns of behavior when they were very young, and now it’s automatic. It’s not meant to be malicious, but it can destroy your self-confidence nonetheless.

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How to CTFD (um… Calm Down)

How to CTFD (um… Calm Down)

Going home to spend time with our family is generally a mixed bag—we look forward to it, and we dread it. No one can trigger us like Mom. Or our siblings. Or Uncle Joe. Hell, even our partner can drive us crazy when we’re trying to hold it all together until New Year’s. We can all benefit from some advance planning about how to manage our emotions in the middle of the holiday frenzy.

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Winning the Breakup Over the Holidays

Winning the Breakup Over the Holidays

You broke up a while ago, and it’s been rough. You get through the weekdays okay, but the weekends seem to last forever. You go to yoga, do your laundry, go out with friends, but it’s still a struggle. Now the holidays are upon us, and everywhere you go the atmosphere is cheery and romantic. You wonder— how are you going to get through the holidays at home without a partner to be the buffer between you and your family? And what about New Year’s Eve???

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