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Know how to remain calm at family gatherings over the holidays

Disagreements with a cousin or another family member at gatherings over the holidays can make these events miserable. If you know that you are likely going to get into a heated discussion with someone, you need to come up with a plan to confront them effectively in a way that won't make you lose your cool.

Not only can these tips help you to make the family gathering a bit more tolerable for everyone, they might also help you to avoid going to jail since you won't allow violence to take over:

  • Know when to walk away. Taking a step back from the disagreement is one of the best things you can do. Your family members might not want you to leave, but sometimes this is the only way to avoid things going downhill.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions and make you more likely to take unnecessary risks. By avoiding this, you will be more likely to control your actions.
  • Pay attention to what you are saying — and how you say it. You might not realize that you sound angry, demeaning or confrontational. Take a moment to think about how your words and tone of voice might come across to others.
  • Decide to avoid confrontational subjects. Often, politics and family dynamics are the topics that might cause the most familial disagreements. Try to avoid controversial subjects at all costs during family gatherings to avoid the possibility of heated confrontations.

If you do end up taking things a bit too far during a confrontation and are facing charges for domestic violence, you must think about your defense right away. These charges can drastically change your life, so don't try to ignore them.

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