How to Keep Peace at Family Gatherings

We’re all familiar with the scene, especially after the Passover and Easter holidays. The extended family sits down to dinner and a grandchild starts whining that he’s not hungry or eats the mashed potatoes with her hands or takes a dive under the table. As grandparents, we’re tempted to take charge and correct the behavior, but the wisest among us won’t say a word.

Still, we don’t have to feel relegated to watching the gathering descend into chaos, says Melinda Blau, author of Family Whispering, a new book that offers “commonsense strategies for communicating with the people you love and making your whole family stronger.”

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