This can be a really touchy subject for some. But you know what…someone’s gotta go there!
And I really want to hear your two cents on this!
Have you ever feuded with a family member to the point where you just couldn’t take it anymore?
When is it OK to say enough is enough? Or is it ever OK?
When it comes to family, every dynamic is different. Especially when you factor in those married into the family, and the extended relatives that introduces…that’s a lot of different personalities to bring home for Christmas!
No matter who you are, you will have experienced this dilemma. Whether directly involved or not, when it’s family, everyone’s involved!
This type of rivalry is especially complicated for that exact reason…everyone is involved! Everyone has their opinions on what is going on, and everyone’s feelings need to be considered before making the decision to put a stop to it, not just the specific people it started with!
What if you are fighting with your spouse’s sibling, or your in-laws? Where do you draw the line between looking out for your own feelings, and protecting that family connection for your spouse?
The funny thing is, the reason it is so hard to make this decision is because “blood is thicker than water” (and all that crap!), and family is supposed to “stick together” no matter what. Yet, this situation is ridiculously common.
Why is it that some people associate the fact that you tolerate more because they are family, with a duty to deal with their issues longer, and to a greater extent?
If this is your family for life, then why is more care typically put into caring for relationships with friends than family members?
Is it because friends have more “freedom” to leave?
If so, then the question becomes, if someone is attached to another in some way, whether it be blood or marriage…is it a “free pass” to treat that person any less than you would a friend, or even a stranger?
Undoubtedly, hitting your personal limit and deciding that it’s time to remove this negativity from your life entails more than just saying “I’m done”. Does your spouse need to be on board with this decision? How will this decision affect their relationship with this person, as well as the rest of the family?
Is it ever OK to “cut off” a family member?
I want your thoughts on this! Have you been there? When do you think enough is enough and it’s time to remove that person from your life…family, or not!
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