|"What? You want to simplify your life? No, please dear - say it isn't so!"|
What do you do when family members consider your simple life or frugal ways to be too unconventional, controversial, or worse? When they continue to bring gifts against your wishes? When their values clash with your own? What is the best way to deal with such conflict?
A recent anonymous commenter on NBA's Simplicity page shared the struggle of shifting to a simpler lifestyle while getting conflicting messages from family.
The reader said:
"I am trying to simplify my life and teach my teenage girls that there is nothing wrong with good, clean and simple living.
Problem is, my mother is driven by the size of her bank account and constantly hounds me and her granddaughters that a big bank account, mountains of debt, high credit scores and credit limits are as important as air and water.
Has anybody had problems with close family constantly butting into the simple world you want? How did you get them to stop?"
Have you experienced any friction from family members concerning your simple life? If so, how have you dealt with the situation?
Do you argue? Avoid? Submit?
Or have you been able to communicate your way to a genuine acceptance and compromise?