“No matter how enlightened you think you are, you realize how unenlightened you are when you get together with your family over holiday dinner,’” says psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling, Ph.D, LCSW.”….

“Even after four glasses of wine, when it seems like they’ve forgotten how to respect us, your family loves you and it’s important to remember that not everyone knows how to express love the way they’d like to,” she says. “You do have to constantly work on practicing forgiveness — forgiving yourself and forgiving them…..

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