‘Tis the season for unsolicited advice from relatives you haven’t seen since you were too-many egg nogs deep and filled with rum balls the same time last year.
Brace yourself, THE QUESTIONS ARE COMING.
Here are five ways to effectively deflect, intimidate and deal with the awkwardness as it develops throughout the afternoon. The probing questions, the advice you don’t need and the topics of conversation that are really best avoided – we have you covered.
The Sophie Monk
Particularly lately, Sophie Monk has been faced with some intense scrutiny and gut-twisting questions.
Speaking to Mamamia, she unwittingly revealed her secret for dealing with the awkwardness. She uses one word to kill the line of enquiry and make it clear: I am done with this question.
That word? “Yeah…”
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It could be a strategic defense mechanism. It might be just a Sophie Monk quirk. Whatever it is, a vague ‘yeah…’ trailing off at the end of a sentence lets the interrogator know it’s time for a new line of questioning.
The power move
One from the book of Hillary Clinton (and let's be honest, she's been up against the worst).
Don a pair of dark glasses and start replying to text messages at the table if your uncle won't shut up about when you might be "settling down" and your aunt keeps forgetting what it is that you actually do?