Ahhh the holidays. Time for family, friends and others important in your life. But with the holidays, we tend to stress ourselves with an overbooked calendar. Dig deep and remind yourself that your relationships are important – more so than attending every event or being “perfect.”  The following personal relationship tips were tweeted in November. Keep them close by to keep life in perspective. References for these relationship tips are shown at the end of this post.

When talking with your aging parents, be careful not to be patronizing – treat them with respect.

Carve out time – even if it’s only 15 minutes – to spend quality time with each one of your kids.

If someone is an important friend make sure they know it – be responsive and thoughtful.

Adding humor can diffuse difficult and uncomfortable family interactions – especially during the holidays.

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