What to Say in Any Tricky Situation
What not to say: "You ate the yogurt and stuck it back in the fridge! Seriously?"
What to say: "Crap. There's no yogurt. I'll pick some up on my way home." What this does is allow you to vent about the situation (which is what you're most upset about) and not the person who may (or may not be) to blame, writes psychotherapist Carlo Alasko, PhD, in Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Interpersonal Communication. This phrase also reminds you that you have the power to fix things; you're not a victim of a dairy disaster.