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Strategies for teens to avoid Family Conflict during the Holidays

By: William Barney

Let’s be honest; as a teenager, the holidays mean jumping on the PS5 or Xbox and playing Call of Duty or maybe even some God of War or enjoying spending some time on Tik Tok with a friend, but there seems to be a little problem with that, and they’re called parents.

The holidays for your parents mean going out of town or having to spend time with the family and not being able to do what you want. It can be frustrating and sometimes even irritating; however, what if I told you it doesn’t have to be?

Here are some tips and tricks for getting through the holidays and avoiding those holiday arguments.


  1. Communicate with your parents. And by communicate, we mean listening to why the holidays and the trips that are being planned are essential to them.
  2. Tell them how you feel about the Holidays, and learn to compromise.
  3. Keep things straightforward and be respectful of their decisions.


Look, we all know that you would rather spend time with friends than with relatives, but this means a lot to your parents. And some ways to avoid the typical holiday lecture and arguments are to be undistracted and remain present.

That means being mindful of being on your phone and learning to find a balance between your wants and needs and your parent’s. Try not to look at your phone for the first hour when being around family, and discuss with your parents some things you can do to have your alone time when being in unwanted Holiday activities.

Don’t get me wrong, your parents tend to be rigid in their wants and needs, and sometimes a little
communication with them will allow you some wiggle room this Christmas season. By spending a little time with your family, you can ask if you can spend the day with your girlfriend or boyfriend when available.

Remember, the holidays are about a celebration of being with those you love….

….and while your parents may seem demanding, they want to spend time with you, and who knows, if you try it for a little, you may enjoy being with them too.

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