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Survive holiday time with your in-laws By DEANNE BRANN, Ph.D.

Survive holiday time with your in-laws

By DEANNE BRANN, Ph.D. Hearst Newspapers

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.

Here we go! The holidays will be here before you know it, and that means family time. Not just any family time, mind you, but family time that will include your mother-in-law or daughter-in-law.

Although some of you may enjoy spending time with your in-law, many of you don’t. Either way, getting ready to spend the holidays with family can be stressful. How many of you wish, hope or even pray this time will be different with your in-law? You are probably thinking, why can’t we, just this once, not have drama, not have the stress, or not experience the tension that just seems to “hang” in the air. Holiday time with your mother-in-law or daughter-in-law doesn’t have to get the best of you. Shifting the way you see your situation will make it easier for you to shift the emotional feelings that go along with it, and this can make the difference between dread and delight. That may seem a bit extreme, but when you can “lighten” how you perceive things, you’ll actually be able to experience people in a different way. Use these tips to help: