Sticky Situations

How to Navigate a Party

Gracious greeting and graceful eating―when you can’t afford to make a bad impression.

7 Ways to Handle Embarrassment

Everyone agrees embarrassment can be excruciating. But is the emotion all bad? Discover its surprising upside—and learn how to get over it more easily—with this expert advice for kids and adults.

Etiquette Guide to Kids’ Birthday Parties

Follow this list of dos and don’ts to solve sticky situations that may arise when hosting or attending a kid’s birthday bash.

11 Money-Etiquette Issues

How to finesse sticky financial situations involving friends and family.

How to Handle 5 Super-Awkward Social Media Snafus

Dodge explosive political opinions, discourage indiscriminate tagging, and evade uncomfortable moments—all while keeping your online friendships intact.

7 Stressful Family Holiday Situations, Solved

With the hassle of traveling, gift buying, and navigating in-laws (not to mention the tyranny of that dang Elf on the Shelf), the Polar Express of family harmony is heading off the rails. Want more peace on earth—or in your mom's living room? Take this advice on navigating seven sticky situations.

How Can I Politely Express My Dietary Needs?

Try these tips for dealing with tricky food restrictions.

5 Ways to Handle an Awkward Conversation

“Well, look at that—I need a refill” doesn’t always do the trick. (See No. 1. They might follow you.) If you’re stuck in painful chitchat, try these tactics for turning things around—or (last resort) making an escape.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Recent College Grad

To avoid a post-commencement faux pas, consider these expert-tested do’s and don’ts when speaking with a recent grad.