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I’m taking My Niece to Court for Staining My Coat

Families are comprised of different generations, all with their own ways of looking at life, complete with varying habits and complex personalities. It’s normal that some issues may arise from time to time, and it’s important to deal with them in a way that’ll guarantee everyone’s well-being and prevent drama from escalating.

We’re sharing the story one Reddit user posted to give you some tips to deal with family problems and social media usage.

1. The story

2. How to handle drama in the family

When dealing with family drama, experts suggest approaching the situation with empathy and understanding. Open and honest communication, as well as setting clear boundaries, can help to diffuse the situation and prevent it from escalating. Here are some tips for dealing with more difficult family members.

  • Don’t expect perfection: Remember that nobody is perfect, including yourself.
  • Set healthy boundaries: Be clear about your needs and feelings and establish boundaries, possibly telling a family member to not act in a certain way.
  • Consider ending contact: In extreme cases, it may be necessary to cut ties with a toxic family member in order to protect your own well-being.
  • Maintain emotional distance: Limit the personal information you share with these family members and avoid engaging in arguments. It’s fine to say, “Let’s not mention this.”
  • Stand firm in your decisions: Even if your choices are met with strong reactions from family, stand by them and be clear about what you believe.
  • Let go of past conflicts: Resolving old battles is often impossible, so it’s best to move on and let go.

Court is not the answer.

When it comes to family matters, going to court can have significant disadvantages, and here’s some of what should be considered.

  • Court cases can have delays.
  • There’s a high cost associated. Legal fees have a high starting price that will continue to pile up.
  • There’s no way to know the outcome. The decisions will be made by someone who doesn’t know the specific characteristics of your family.

3. How kids nowadays live a lot of their lives through social media

Generation Z, defined by some researchers as people born from 1997 onward, after Millennials, spends a lot of time online, being extremely active on social media. While they can lead to some family mishaps or just honest mistakes — after all, young people are at the age to make them, either online or offline — the solution isn’t a simple “let’s just take their phones away.”

Social media-related issues can arise and they’ll include things like changes in mood, eating, and sleep habits. If you’re worried about it, check out these tips.

  • Younger people need guidance on how to properly use these tools, and older members of their families can provide it.
  • Instead of telling them they spend too much time online and that it’s hurtful, which will possibly make them shut down, try to say that you noticed they’re doing it, that it worries you, and that you’d like to talk about it.
  • Parents can also ask about how kids use social media in order to better understand them.

How have you dealt with family drama in the past? Share your story with us in the comments. 🧐

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