How to (Politely) Ward Off Nosy Family Members and Friends

A few strategies for dealing with questions that make you cringe.

Everyone dreads probing, personal questions at family gatherings, especially those that spotlight your family and relationship. How do you deflect those questions without coming off as too defensive or rude? In the latest episode of "I Want to Like You," Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop calls on two very different experts: Catherine Newman, etiquette columnist for Real Simple, and People Executive Editor Kate Coyne, who has made a career out of asking those personal questions. Coyne remembers the best celebrity deflections, while Newman offers a few tips for handling those questions with grace—as well as the perfect answer for the ever-annoying, "When are you getting married?" Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to subscribe to the Real Simple podcasts on iTunes.