Dreading holidays this year? Get help Dec 14



Amid the strain of the country’s political climate, some might be dreading the holidays especially this year. Getting together with family and friends who have different opinions can add enormous stress to these gatherings.

Family therapist Jackie Block will offer ideas on how to navigate sensitive conversations without dampening the holiday spirit in Celebrating Differences This Holiday Season, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required. Refreshments will be served, and drawings for stress-reducing coloring books will be held.

Block will share ideas on how to be accepting of differences and how to help steer family conversations into safe territory. From what to discuss in front of children to how table manners can help people relax, the program will share strategies to help calm family fears and enjoy traditions. Whether talking politics, religion or other hot topics, Block will share tips on how to keep the peace, control your emotions, and have fun with your family this holiday season.

“It takes good boundaries, ability to own thoughts and feelings and a bit of humor to survive some family situations,” said Block.

Block has a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been practicing for 26 years and is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and a clinical social worker. She specializes in treating families, couples and children from age 3 up.

 

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