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BWFrancie Posts: 70 Registered: 11/11/09
Re: Holidays and Families
Posted: May 6, 2010 12:05 PM
I totally understand the stress you feel... I also come from a big family and holidays can get crazy! In fact, I used to get physically sick every Christmas from all the "obligations". I got to the point where I finally had to stop. I learned to set boundaries. I changed some traditions. For example, instead of getting up early on Christmas morning and going to in-laws, we waited until evening. That gave us all day to relax at home. Summer is also stressful because there are family reunions, summer camps, etc. I have to say, "I'll go to this reunion, but am unable to go to this reunion." Some of my family feels disappointed but most of the time they understand. My advice is to figure out what you can and cannot do and start setting limits. If and when you have children, your time will be even more limited. Don't feel selfish... just know you are doing it for your sanity. If you can't make a birthday party, send a nice gift or flowers. :)

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