Avoid divisive topics at Thanksgiving table, doctor says

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HOUSTON – You might have already seen a viral video from the Holderness family. It's a parody of Flo Rida's "My House,” called “Welcome to My Couch!"

The video pokes fun at neighbors, relatives and everyone around the Thanksgiving table who disagree on politics. It's supposed to be funny, until it happens at your house.

Dr. Asim Shah, vice chair for community psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, said that in order to keep relationships on good terms you should practice ignoring topics that escalate, lead to name calling and divide.

“Your argument is going to completely go to waste because results are out," Shah said. "People don't change their perceptions."

Instead, Shah suggests we talk about things like food and the weather. He said it's not too hard if you use the correct transition.

“People like to talk politics with people who are charged," Shah said. "If you show yourself not charged, take this very calmly and quietly, the other person will get bored and not talk about politics with you.”

Shah said to remind your kids to avoid the topic because kids repeat what they hear. Plus, he said, politics can come up in bullying situations, which can be very stressful for children.