If the weather is hot and you’re African American, you probably have a family reunion somewhere on your social radar.

For most of us, that means conflicts, says writer Ingrid Sturgis on TheRoot.com.

Sturgis tells of her own family drama: the New York reunion where the host clan boycotted the event over a minor dispute, and the Qcity gathering where an irate cousin berated family member who arrived late.

She writes:

Contentious kin, deep, dark family secrets and other issues are bound to arise whenever families get together. And just because people are related doesn’t mean they have anything (besides blood) in common. The chances of just simply not liking a significant percentage of relatives at your reunion is fairly high.

The good news: Sturgis offers tips on what has worked for other families.

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