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How do you tell your family members that being made fun of by them really does hurt?

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Last Updated: 07/18/2017 at 9:01pm
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Top Rated Answers
June 17th, 2015 7:45pm
I think in some cases, honesty is the best policy. A lot of family members care about you and mean no harm, and are just unaware they are hurting you. So just letting them know you are uncomfortable with something they say should do the trick in cases like that
February 17th, 2015 3:35am
Teasing can be very shaming...and it can affect your self-esteem. Maybe if you talk to them from this standpoint, telling them how the teasing is actually affecting you, might help them to stop this unhelpful behaviour. It really is a form of bullying.
June 16th, 2015 1:57pm
I would approach them and tell them that their words hurt me and I'd like them to not make fun of me.
June 30th, 2015 5:34pm
Sit them down and tell them you want to discuss something serious to you. Tell them how you feel and they will understand and hopefully change their actions.
August 18th, 2015 11:56pm
Being blunt about it works very well. Don't dance around the subject, make sure they know that what they have said has hurt you, and hopefully they will listen and not do it again.
September 1st, 2015 10:55pm
You tell them straight up, You make sure you make your point and keep a straight face so that they know you're being serious, Families shouldn't make fun of each other unless it's just a bit of teasing and joking around.
October 26th, 2015 2:15am
Sit with them and talk with them about it. Let them know they are actually hurting you when they make fun of you
November 24th, 2015 3:13pm
Maybe you could sit one of your family members down one you feel comfortable speaking with, letting them know that being made fun off is just not settling right with you and if when it happens again they let the rest know....
March 29th, 2016 1:16pm
Tell them straight, it is the only way in a family matter. Opening up and informing that you are just not comfortable with it.
June 14th, 2016 2:36am
Talk to them one on one, or have a family meeting. It's hard to be taken seriously right after they say it, but if you come to them after awhile, they'll know it's been on your mind lately.
August 29th, 2016 1:08am
Your family should understand when you talk to them. Just sit them down and say it right away. And try your best to talk it out together.
February 20th, 2017 6:09pm
I try to go one by one expressing how I feel in a calm way, trying to remembering the times I've felt wrong, and listening to their thoughts of why they behaved that way.
July 18th, 2017 9:01pm
It is best to try talking to them in a calm environment. A restaurant or shopping mall may not be a good place. Stay calm while clearly describing your emotions to them and try to make them see things from your point of view without getting worked up.