Sticky Situations

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.

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.

10 Things to Say to Keep the Peace

From family mediator Laurie Puhn, simple phrases that will help you avoid arguments.

5 Ways to Let Someone Down Easy

Every day, we have to say no to people. Yet turning folks down never seems to get any easier, even if all we’re declining is a simple movie invitation. Here, five experts share their best outs.

Easy Ways to Exit Awkward Conversations

Learn how to gracefully and painlessly remove yourself from sticky social scenarios.

How Can I Politely Express My Dietary Needs?

Try these tips for dealing with tricky food restrictions.

How to Navigate a Party

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

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.