The holiday season usually means spending more time with your fam, but if you and your parents (or other family members) can’t see eye to eye on certain issues (say, politics), that can cause mega-stress. Katy Perry recently talked about getting along with her parents even though they have very different views on politics.
“People don’t understand that I have a great relationship with my parents — like, how that can exist,” Katy said in an interview with Marie Claire.
“My parents are Republicans, and I’m not,” she said, getting into politics. “They didn’t vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sing at the inauguration, they were like, ‘We can come.’ And I was like, ‘No, you can’t.’ They understood, but I was like, ‘How dare you?’ in a way.”
So even for Katy things can be a bit uncomfortable at times. We’ve got tips on how to get along if you’re in a similar scenario.
+ Take Time for Yourself
You don’t need to always be around your parents every second. If things get unpleasant, rather than get into a fight, it might be good to step away and take a breather.
+ Agree to Disagree
You can’t always convince a person to see things the same way you do, and they can’t always convince you to see things their way. Sometimes you might just say, “Let’s agree to disagree” and drop it.
+ Don’t Bring It Up
Sometimes it’s just best not to bring up politics (or another contentious subject) in the first place. If your parents also respectfully don’t bring it up because they know your opinions, this can save a lot of stress.
+ Talk to Like-Minded People
If you believe strongly in something but your parents don’t, it might help to talk to a like-minded person, especially if your family members might be judgmental or attack you for your views. Talking to a friend who feels the same way can chill you out and help you feel less alone.
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