Dear Thriving Mamas,
Are you heading off to family reunions this summer? Are you having mixed feelings, but want to make the most of it? Are you dreading your visit to great Aunt Millie in Ohio? You do have a choice. You can chose to dread, and then feel guilt over your feelings, or you can choose to reframe the situation.
Try this: What if you showed up at family gatherings–whether you’re hosting the get-together or not–with the mindset that this might be the last time you’ll ever see your family members? How might you treat them? Do you think some of your expectations might change around how they should treat you or behave at family gatherings? Would your language or tone change in your interactions with them? Would you initiate long overdue conversations? Express your love or gratitude for their presence in your life?
You can not change others, but you can change your experience of the situation!