How to Navigate Nosy Relatives at Thanksgiving

It's Just Part of the Holidays

Everyone’s got one: A relative who uses the holidays as an opportunity to interrogate you on the most personal details of your life. And ignoring them never seems to work because they just keep pushing. But don’t worry. We’ve got a plan that’ll shut down pesky Aunt Sally, who simply needs to know the date of your last period.

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The non-answer answer

This is perfect for those questions you literally don’t have an answer to. “Are you dating anyone?” (Who knows anymore, with “hanging” replacing the word “date” altogether?) “What college are you going to?” (Um, the best one that accepts me and is furthest from you?) Stay calm, smile, and say “It’s so kind of you to ask but I’m still considering my options.” The more vague, the better.

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The Post laugh-off

We all have an aunt who wants to know our current bra size or who we’re hanging out with at school — basically, the most personal and unimportant questions known to man. Laugh it off with an exclamation to the effect of, “Wouldn’t you like to know!” Playing coy will work in your favor.

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Turn The Tables

For the really bold questions, like if you’ve gained weight since they saw you last or when you plan on doing something about that acne, only a distraction will do. Turn the tables on them. People love to talk about themselves, so bury yourself in boring conversation about kitchen tiles or Garden Club. It’ll keep the focus off of you.

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Ignore them

If you’re lucky, your dinner table is long and loud, so you can easily pretend you did not hear Grandpa Joe ask why you didn’t pass your driving test the first (or second) go around. Engage with someone else at the table and hope Grandpa isn’t returning to that line of questioning.

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