10 Ways to Get Rid of Greedy and Annoying Relatives
People all around the world, especially Indians, are blessed (no pun intended) with a huge number of relatives from all corners of the world. We all have uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents etc etc. Though there are few ones we do not like, but have you ever given a thought how boring life would have been without these relatives? There are ones we do not like, there are few we love and just their mere presence brightens up our day, there are some who don’t really bother us. But that is what life is all about, isn’t it? We can almost categorize all our relatives in different categories, the ‘agony aunt’, ‘the foreign return cousin’, ‘the cheek pulling uncle’. It is funny that how we hate these people, but they are the ones who make our family unique and our family outings and gatherings enjoyable. It is lovely as long as they are messing with your other cousins or you siblings. The problem arises when that relative decides to turn you into his victim. You almost start counting hours when the entire gathering will be over and that particular annoying relative will leave. But there has to be some way to deal with such annoying fellows. Here I will give you 10, and trust me, these are surely going to work.
10. Let Them Talk
Your hands are tied, you know that. Once that relative starts talking, silence dawns upon everyone else. But you know, that is the best thing to do, that is, to let him or her talk. They will probably bombard you with questions, or give you lectures, or keep on telling about how great he or she was in their younger days. Just listen. Do not interrupt. The more you interrupt or ask any question, it will instigate him to talk even more. Do you want that? So let him talk without uttering a single word. You may give accompanying expressions to his stories, if you want, but remember, NOT A WORD. They might understand your lack of interest in the conversation, which indeed was a monologue, because they will notice that you have not asked any questions, or shown any sympathy. SO letting your annoying relatives talk will serve your purpose.
9. Show as if you are Actually Paying Heed
This too works but this will require you to talk. This point comes into play if your letting them talk fails to bear any fruit. You might keep quiet and let them talk, but there are weird relatives who just do not understand or even acknowledge your lack of interest. They will keep on talking talking and talking. So for such relatives, the best thing you can do is to show that you are actually taking their advice (!) seriously. At the back of your mind you know that you will do what you have decided, but if you tell them, they will again start a new discussion on how irresponsible today’s youth are an don and on. So better fake an interest and that will lead to end their long lectures fast.
8. Turn the Tables
If you find the entire conversation among you r elders is gradually taking a turn towards you because of that particular relative, then be quick enough to turn the table. You sneak in and start asking unnecessary questions to your relative about his or her work life or his younger days. You can also remind them of a particular incident that you have often heard them narrate to everybody. That will make him forget about the discussion they were having a few minutes back. Instead you all have to near the agony of listening to that incident or story again. But still, a lot better than every relative criticizing you, isn’t it?
7. State your Rejections Clearly
If the last three ways fail to work, then stop being nice. Okay, I am not asking you to be rude and howl at your relatives, but you can be a little strict and state your rejections clearly. Can’t you? Make it clear to your relatives that you do not like them talking about your love life or making any comment about it, or you do not want them to judge your academic records. They will realize that you have grown up from the little boy or girl they have always known you as and will somewhere start respecting your privacy.
6. Don’t be too Welcoming
Guests are always welcome. But if those guests bring in an air of pain and uneasiness, it is advisable not to be too warm and welcoming to them. They have earlier invaded your house without prior information and it is likely that they will keep doing that all their lives. So if you behave too nicely with them every time, you are only inviting danger for yourself. They will take you for granted, and keep annoying you. So the next time they pay you a visit, do not have to be too warm. Like ask them to get water for themselves on their own, do not let them reign over the television set in your drawing hall. Tell that you have a certain show to watch and you cannot miss that at any condition. Don’t prepare special meals for them; say that you have advised to stay away from too much oily and spicy food, so they have to eat whatever you cook for yourself. Remember, you have to take care and protect yourself from this annoyance.
5. Don’t be too Helpful
There are relatives who will always ask for help, either in monetary terms or some other way. It is good to help people, and your relatives are your extended family. But when that makes a habit or a daily matter, you do not have to go out of your way to help them every time. We all have a fixed monthly budget to run our homes. At times you can help your relatives from your savings, but not every time. So don’t have to be too helpful to such greedy and annoying relatives all the time. Tell them in a polite manner that instead of asking for help from others, they should learn to solve their own problems.
4. Hide Your Things
If you have that set of greedy relatives who seem to develop an instant liking with everything in your house and ask you whether they can take it home, it is better to hide all your things in a safe place before they come home. You have obviously bought all those show pieces in your house after a lot of shopping a hopping around, so you cannot tolerate giving them to anyone else, even if it is your close relatives. You cannot say no if they ask for it, because you definitely have certain virtues. So what is the best thing to do in such a situation? Hide your belongings.
3. “You have turned old….”
This is for those unstoppable uncles and aunties who cannot seem to believe that you have grown up. They will continue to annoy you by pulling your cheek, kissing on them and all other ways that have been invented by mankind to irritate people. The best line for them? Tell them that they have grown older than the last time you had seen t hem. Don’t be harsh, but make sure you get your sarcasm shown well enough. This will stop them or at least make them feel awkward.
2. Annoy them to the Extreme
You definitely do not want to hurt your relatives. But you can always play their cards and annoy them to the core. Pose a question for everything they say. Interrupt their speech whenever you can. Add sugar in their tea, if they prefer having tea without sugar. Accidentally spill some ink on their clothes. Do whatever you can to annoy those relatives who have been annoying you all these years. But make sure, all of it is harmless.
This is the last and the best foot you can put forward. You have already tried everything you could have done to deal with them. But they are so illogical and unreasonable, that all your sarcasm and manners have fallen on deaf ears. So now it is better to ignore them and let them notice the ignorance. Do not stop acknowledging them, but after a ‘hello’, just move away from there, clearly showing that you are not interested in any conversation. This is surely going to work.