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"You are having a family crisis during the holiday season?"

"This is the last thing that you need to deal with right now!"

During the holiday season, there always seems to be some kind of a crisis, somewhere.  

Dealing with a family crisis, particularly during the holidays, is not necessarily easy. Almost every family has to deal with at least one major or minor family crisis, at one time or another, during the holiday season. Some families just seem to have more issues to deal with than others.  

Here are some tips on dealing with a family crisis.

1. Don't panic.  

The most important thing that you can do during any crisis situation is to always keep your head. Teach others to do the same. You and your family can probably deal with any crisis, without too much difficulty, if no one panics. If you or others do panic during a crisis situation, it may only make things worse.    

2. Use good judgment.

In any crisis situation, it is always important to use good judgment, with respect to decisions that have to be made by you or others, on the spur of the moment. Because things can happen very quickly in a crisis, there is often not a lot of time to consult with others. If in doubt about a decision that you have to make, use your best judgment to deal with it, or try to seek advice from others, or even from professionals. Getting that extra bit of advice, may help you to resolve the crisis more quickly and effectively in the long run.      

3. Establish your priorities.  

Remember that the love of God, your spouse and family, should be your first priorities, regardless of whatever else is happening, in a crisis situation. There will more than likely be outsiders involved in the scenario, but make certain that you do not put yourself or your own family, in jeopardy, by any decisions that you make with respect to others. Prioritize what needs to be done first, in order to resolve the crisis. Make certain that the most important things are always taken care of first.  

4. Act quickly, but carefully.  

Any time there is a crisis situation, it is probably going to be something, where you are required to act immediately. Take whatever action is necessary as quickly as possible, but do it carefully. Mistakes can be made when people act too hastily. You do not need a second crisis situation, simply because of an error in your judgment.  

5. Stay focused on the crisis.

Regardless of what the crisis is, try to stay focused on it and its resolution, rather than attempting to deal with other issues that may not be as urgent, or as important, at that moment in time. Avoid issues that interfere with the immediate resolution of your crisis. This is a time for family and friends to stand together and to help each other. It is not a time to blame one another for the crisis, or to resolve some old differences.  

6. Determine what actions need to be taken and when.

Decide what actions need to be taken immediately and which ones can be postponed until after the holidays. You may be able to take temporary measures of some kind that will suffice for the moment. After the holiday season is over, then deal with the matters that are not quite so urgent.  

7. Maintain your focus on the true meaning of the holiday.

Keep the holiday season centered on its true meaning and signification, regardless of the circumstances regarding the crisis. Try not to let any crisis situation spoil the holiday for you and your family. Later, what you will remember is how you still managed to celebrate the holiday together, in a crisis situation that was less than ideal.  

8. Keep everything in perspective.  

Keep any family crisis in its proper perspective. Remember that you can still show your love for one another, smile and greet other people. There are still going to be moments when you can enjoy the weather and the holiday season, even during times of crisis.

Remember that every crisis will resolve itself in time. How you deal with a crisis is really   important. Ignoring a crisis situation is never wise, particularly when it affects your family.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.


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