So exactly what the heck defines a “nice normal family” anyway? In your case dysfunctional or toxic may well be the only norm you’ve ever known!
This time of year you are faced by bubbly friends and co-workers, excited about plans with family. You do your best to put on a happy face since their enthusiasm only serves to amplify your sense of dread.
So how do you navigate and sanely survive the holidays?
It all depends on your situation:
1. The sense of obligation may make you go, in spite of your better judgment.
2.You may be among the brave who have found a way to gracefully bow out, but feel you’ve done something wrong.
3. You might be languishing in guilt or shame, because the holidays are a painful reminder that you chose t...