It’s holiday time, which means many of us might be with family members who have different political views. One way to handle that situation is to avoid potentially controversial topics.
Another possibility, however, might be to be strategic in how we handle the issue.
I have some related resources in The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change (as well as in The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics), but I thought a separate “Best” list might be useful – both for lessons with students and for our own conversations.
Here’s what I have so far:
5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree is very accessible and is from Teen Health.
4 tips for talking to people you disagree with is from TED.
Here’s a TED-Ed lesson on the topic.
10 Tips for Talking to People You Can’t Agree With is from Psychology Today.
How to Safely Talk Politics During the Holidays is from City Lab.
The Post-Trump Thanksgiving is from Slate.
This Thanksgiving Pass the Stuffing—and Don’t Pass on the Discussion of Social Issues is from Scientific American.
Of course, another option is to just play an Adele song, as they did in this famous Saturday Night Live sketch about a Thanksgiving dinner family discussion:
How to Talk With Evangelicals About Evolution is from Smithsonian.
Here’s a lesson and video from TED-Ed:
10 steps to take when talking politics with someone you disagree with this holiday season is a very well done comic in The Washington Post.
The New York Times just updated their Angry Uncle Chat Bot to practice at Chat Bot: How to Talk About Impeachment Without Ruining the Holidays. It’s like a “choose your own adventure” game that gives you expert feedback every time you choose a response.
How To Fight With Your Family At Thanksgiving is from Five Thirty Eight.
Have different politics from your family? Here’s how to survive Thanksgiving. is from The Washington Post.
What Conversations with Voters Taught Me about Science Communication is from Scientific American.
How to Talk to Someone Who Doesn’t Want the Vaccine is a useful NY Times interactive.
‘Constructive Arguing’ Can Help Keep the Peace at Your Thanksgiving Table is from Scientific American.
How to Respectfully Discuss Contentious Issues at Work is from The Harvard Business Review.
‘You can’t say that!’: how to argue, better is from The Guardian.