The 4th of July is time for celebration, but for some it can be a dreadful experience. Especially if uncomfortable family reunions or long trips with the in-laws are on the agenda. Adrienne C. Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Engagement Coach, shares tips for having a fun and successful 4th of July holiday.
How to be successful if you are . . .
Hosting a gathering or party this 4th of July
Set expectations for your guests to include: 1) start & stop times 2)what to bring 3)who is invited 4)who is not invited (i.e. extended family, pets, etc.)
Going to a family reunion or undesirable get-together
Make a game plan & have an escape route, especially if you're attending a party where you may run into friends or family members with whom you have some contention or unresolved conflict.
Traveling in a group (with family, in-laws, friends, neighbors, kids, etc.)
Set expectations for breaks and departure and arrival times. Be clear about who is responsible for what during the trip. Discuss ahead of time what activities you'll enjoy along the way (i.e. tourist attractions)
Really busy and feeling like summer is getting away from you
Be sure to set aside time for your core family, whether it be time alone with your partner, your children or yourself. Things can get so busy, and summer is almost half over, so really take some time to enjoy yourself this holiday weekend!