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How you you survive family dinners?

So my mother is planning a family dinner tonight.My father is a JERK.I told her I would come.What do you do to stay nice when you don't want to?

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Asked by evelynwest at 12:58 PM on Jul. 28, 2010 in Relationships

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  • Wine and selective hearing.

    Answer by Niki_sd at 1:01 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • You stay nice.
    You might not like everyone at the table, but you also don't have to talk to everyone at the table. Be civil when spoken to, but you don't have to go out of your way to talk to those you don't want to.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 1:01 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • you may need to have it out with your dad at some point. Sometimes parents don't realize what jerks they are.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:01 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • I love family dinners, I would smile and nod a lot!

    Answer by older at 1:09 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Oh, I think Niki's got the idea!

    No reason to make yourself look like an ass just because he is pushing buttons... Kill him with kindness, ignore the rest.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 1:10 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • If there isn't an argument about SOMETHING then it isn't a true family dinner for my family. The main parties to these arguments are my sister, my dad and his sister. Unless I'm in the mood to be ornery, I normally just roll my eyes and go out for a smoke or decide it's time to go home.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:15 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Eat quickly and leave. Ah, just like old times.

    Or you could do what my gg-ma in law does......she forks anyone who disagrees with her. So dinner time could end up being a cultlery fight. Just an idea. Besides, if your father is such a jerk, why isn't he the one worried about "suriving" dinner instead of you?

    Answer by isabellalecour at 1:24 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Kill them all with kindness, ignore a lot, and be proud of yourself!

    Answer by elizabr at 1:42 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • How do you stay nice? By making a choice to stay nice.

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 1:57 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • When I'm around someone I don't like, I'm cordial but distant.

    Answer by kathyartist2007 at 2:04 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

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