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Family Holidays Survival Guide

Holidays can be stressful when the entire family gets together. See if you know how to survive with our quiz.

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Family Holidays Survival Guide
Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 1 of 20 Correct

At the holiday dinner, your nosy aunt asks about your love life. You should…

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The correct answer is: Loved ones almost always have the best intentions when they pry with their questions. If you're not comfortable talking about certain subjects, set your boundaries. Be polite but firm, and know what is off-limits before you even set foot into the house.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 2 of 20 Correct

Your ex has the kids for the holidays, and you're steamed because he won't let you visit them. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: Stick with the rules of the custody agreement. The reality is that you may not get to be with your kids on a specific holiday. Fighting it out will only cause heartache for the children. Most importantly, save the negativity you feel for private conversations between you and your ex.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 3 of 20 Correct

You're hosting the family get-together, and it's clear Uncle George has had a few too many. You know he has a drinking problem. How should you handle?

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The correct answer is: Arrange for Uncle George to get home safely. And remember these don'ts in dealing with a loved one who's an alcoholic: Don't preach. Don't lie or make excuses for his behavior. Don't join them in drinking. Finally, don't get into arguments over their drinking problem.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 4 of 20 Correct

Your relatives are camped out in front of the TV, and you're itching to get some exercise. What can you do?

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The correct answer is: Slip away to your bedroom, and do a 10-minute circuit of exercises like pushups, leg lifts and planks. Do this three or four times a day, and you can keep your fitness up through the holidays. And if you can get away to the grocery store, park at the far end of the lot and do a couple laps around the store before you check out.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Grandma and Grandpa always give your kids extravagant gifts. The kids love it, but you're worried the pricey presents send the wrong message. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: Grandparents want to spoil their grandkids, but sometimes it can all be too much. Call the grandparents and suggest they give your child a special day-out to a museum or the zoo, or suggest they pay for art, music or sports lessons. If the grandparents really want to give your child toys, reduce the number of toys at home by helping your child donate gently used toys to others.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 6 of 20 Correct

Your sister always gets depressed around the holidays. You should . . .

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The correct answer is: All of the above are techniques you can use to help your sister feel happier during the holidays. People who experience the holiday blues often do so because of a variety of things--the death of a loved one, feelings of loneliness, anger or even poor health. Let your sister know you're concerned about her and would really like for her to be a part of the celebrations. Invite her to activities, and encourage her to come when she can. Also, let her know you're available if she needs someone to talk to.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 7 of 20 Correct

Aunt Jane really gets on your nerves, and the thought of spending Christmas Eve with her is driving you nuts. What's the best way to deal with a relative you don't like?

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The correct answer is: You've heard the saying, "We can pick our friends but not our family." The best way to get along with family members is to accept them as they are and focus on their positive qualities.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 8 of 20 Correct

Your opinionated uncle tells everyone how unhappy he is about the recent election. How should you respond?

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The correct answer is: Family gatherings can bring out the best in us, or they can unlock a lifetime of irritations with people. Choose not to get involved in unpleasant conversations. Change the subject, walk out of the room, make a phone call...do something to keep away from toxic people and toxic topics

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 9 of 20 Correct

You're opening presents when your kid brother makes an annoying comment on your unsuccessful job search. You're furious! What do you do?

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The correct answer is: Family conflicts can resurface during what should be ideal moments. Set aside differences until after the holidays. If friction arises, leave the room to baste the turkey, or take a walk with someone.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Your spouse was recently laid off, and your budget for gifts is tiny. How do you dial back the annual family gift exchange?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Suggest that everyone focus their giving on the children. (They'll understand, and probably be relieved.) Or propose that everyone draw names and give a gift to just one person. No budget? Give your time instead. Plan a special outing or take time to teach kids a skill.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 11 of 20 Correct

It's your turn to host the holiday dinner. You know your kids are picky eaters. How should you plan for them?

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The correct answer is: It's easy to get frustrated with your child's picky eating habits, but keep in mind that children have much more sensitive sense of taste than adults. A good rule of thumb is to offer a new food 15 times so your child can discover whether or not he has a taste for it. Constantly giving in to the child's picky eating habits is the best way to perpetuate them.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 12 of 20 Correct

You're a vegetarian, and your meat-loving family puts bacon on everything. For the holiday get-together you should . . .

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The correct answer is: Instead of demanding that your host provide an entirely separate dish for you, offer to make a vegetarian dish and bring it with you. That way you know you'll have something to eat, but you can share it with others, too.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 13 of 20 Correct

According to research, which of these holiday gifts can bring your kids the most happiness?

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The correct answer is: Head to the beach. Studies show spending money on experiences rather than things tends to make people happier.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 14 of 20 Correct

Eww! You arrive at your in-laws' to find your nephews and nieces are all sick with colds. How do you keep your own brood healthy?

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The correct answer is: You may not be able to avoid your in-laws, but you can do your best to avoid . . . spit. That's how the flu and cold germs get spread, especially in the winter when we're shut indoors. Make sure your kids wash their hands often and properly, and remind them to avoid touching their nose, eyes and mouth -- especially when they're around wet coughers.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 15 of 20 Correct

Two family members are not speaking. For your big holiday dinner you should . . .

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The correct answer is: No one is a fan of family conflicts, especially those in the middle of one. If you have feuding family members, avoid inviting them to the same gatherings. Instead, invite each one to different occasions at different times so as to avoid greater conflict.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

It's your turn to host the family. Your sister always hosts a perfect holiday -- which your mother always makes sure to remind you. How do you get past the feeling that you don't measure up?

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The correct answer is: Don't fall into the "perfect" trap. Instead remind yourself that you are only human, with your own set of human imperfections. When you start appreciating yourself for whatever it is that you accomplish, something interesting will happen. The people around you will also be appreciative and will mirror your positive attitude.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 17 of 20 Correct

Your aunt says you're looking too thin and tells you to eat more. What's the best way to respond?

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The correct answer is: Peer pressure gets a bad rap, but family pressure is pretty powerful, too. Ask a family member to act as an advocate for you when a sensitive subject comes up. Be polite but firm. When possible, have your advocate talk to family members before the day of the gathering so everyone is aware of your feelings.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 18 of 20 Correct

Your child has severe food allergies and can rarely eat what others eat. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: If your child has several food allergies and you can't distinguish what all the ingredients of a dish are -- a common problem for home cooked meals -- have your child avoid the dishes altogether. But don't forget to let him be a part of the evening; when possible, bring an allergy-free dish he can enjoy.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 19 of 20 Correct

Your daughter is bringing her boyfriend who has diabetes. What can you do to make sure he has a healthy holiday?

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The correct answer is: Just because someone has diabetes doesn't mean they have to miss out on all of the fun. Make sure your dinner table has colorful, non-starchy veggies, lean protein and whole grains and a small portion of dessert for your guest. It's also wise to walk between courses or between the main dish and dessert. The whole family will benefit.

Family Holidays Survival Guide
Question 20 of 20 Correct

Your family reunion is feeling like a little too much. How much alone time does the average person need to feel relaxed?

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The correct answer is: As little as 15 minutes alone can help a person feel energized. Offer a back bedroom or study as a "quiet zone" for stressed out people or even new mothers who need to nurse. If you're feeling stressed, step outside and gaze at the stars, or play a game on your phone. Take your mind off the situation for 15 minutes, then go back with a new perspective.

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