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Navigating holiday conversations with family


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The holiday season is beginning to kick into gear with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and the beginning of Hanukkah starting early next week. While the season can be a time to celebrate and bond with family, family dynamics can also sometimes be complicated.  And while some may feel the excitement, it’s also natural to feel stressed or anxious about time with family, especially in a time of political polarization and another rise in COVID-19 cases. You may be struggling with questions like How do you communicate your comfortability sharing space with non-vaccinated family or friends? How do you keep family dinners from turning into heated political arguments? And should you not invite certain family members to your holiday gathering? To talk about it, we were joined by a professor of clinical psychology and a licensed clinical social worker. 


Cynthia Lubin Langtiw, Psy.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Associate Editor, The Qualitative Report

Margaret Grau

LCSW, Therapist in Park Ridge

And just for laughs, here's the SNL skit Brian referenced in the opening.

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