We sometimes wish we didn’t feel the way we did, because it is painful, or because we feel that our feelings are inappropriate, that they are wrong. But is that even possible? Are some feelings ‘wrong’ to have?
Even kids who are really close friends (especially kids who are really close friends) sometimes butt heads. Is there something you can do as a parent when that happens? And what works and doesn’t work? Here are some pointers from our own experience!
Are you a put-your-head-in-the-sand person or a say-it-as-it-is person when it comes to conflict? And if neither tactic really seems to be helping to fix things, is there a better way to approach disagreement?
When you avoid conflict, it has some immediate rewards: no conflict, you don’t have to deal with unpleasant emotions, etc. But there are also pretty bad negative effects that I want to dive into here…
What does a loyal friend do when you’re going on about your ex? Or about your horrible boss? And what does courage look like in friendships? Do we appreciate who our truest friends are?
Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a huge fight wondering ‘How did we get here? What is this even really about?’
They seem to come out of nowhere, but there are usually some tell-tale signs letting you know what’s coming. Here’s how to avoid these nuclear relationship-bombs and to deal with conflict more constructively.
When you’re confronted with a difficult moment, it calls on you to show who you really want to be. You show this, through your response. Not the one your emotions force you to make, but the deliberate one you decide on for yourself.