Yikes. Who knew your MIL would have such strong opinions on global warming? You were just posting a funny commentary on the unseasonably warm weather. Now what?
Whatever you do, don’t engage online. “It’s not about whether you’re right or wrong,” says Swann. “It’s about her feelings and how she received it. Delete the offensive post. If it—and her comment—stays there online, the sting of the offense will stay there as well.”
Next—and you might not like this—apologize. After all, says Swann, isn’t that what you’d do if this interaction had happened over the dinner table? You didn’t mean to offend anyone, so say so. “Shoot her a direct message after you’ve taken it down,” says Swann. “When we put others at ease, we’re not always comfortable ourselves, but right now this isn’t about how you feel. Besides, once you apologize for offending her, it’s done.” And everyone can get back to liking cute pics of cats doing wacky stunts.