How to Deal With Nosey Family Members
Have you ever had a moment when you wondered if everyone in your family knew all your business, except for you? With larger families it is really hard not to have nosy family members. Even smaller families have those one or two people who seem to be around to stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. If you’re having trouble dealing with nosy family members, here are some tips to help you out.
Tell them to butt out.
Sometimes the only thing for you to do is simply to tell them to back off and get out of your business. It might seem ugly or rude, but is it really? Isn’t it more rude for those family members to be so nosy?
All too often, it isn’t enough for nosy family members to be involved in affairs that don’t even pertain to them. More often than not, they are verbal in expressing how they think you should handle the situation, or what you should do. If you’re fed up with nosy family members and their unwanted advice, just ignore them.
Give them a dose of their own medicine.
Start freely giving your advice or expressing your thoughts about something going on in their life. Better yet, get really nosy and dig around to find out what’s happening in their house, then gather the entire family for a pow-wow. Okay, so maybe this is more of a humorous theoretical suggestion, but sometimes all it takes is giving someone a little taste of how they’ve been treating you to make them understand.
Accept them for who they are.
The best advice for this kind of problem is this: Find a way to accept those nosy family members as they are, and don’t let their nosy ways bother you or make you angry anymore. Usually, they don’t even realize they are being nosy; you’re the only one feeling bothered by their actions. When it’s all said and done, they are still your family and there’s nothing you can do about that. So accept them, flaws and all, and love them anyway.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks