We rely on the people around us for support, but sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where we are caught in a rough place, where friends or family offer unhelpful advice or criticism that is harmful to our family’s well-being.

In my recent article, I shared about how we can manage conflict with in-laws or extended family members by reframing our thoughts. However, during the heat of an argument, we are tongue-tied for words, or worse still, allow a barrage of unchecked verbal diarrhoea to leave a trail of destruction.

Here are some phrases that might help you respond, instead of react.

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