Monday, July 6, 2015

Parenting Pointers: Conflict Tips

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Conflict is a natural part of relationships, especially as you face the challenges of parenting. When you work together on conflict management, you build happy, healthy relationships and teach your children important life skills. However, children who are exposed to severe and frequent conflict are more likely to be disobedient and to experience problems such as depression, aggression or poor performance at school.
Author Ali Soleymaniha has been researching and practicing in the field of conflict management for more than a decade. With a desire to guide others seeking happiness in their relationships, Soleymaniha was inspired to pen his new book, “Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management.” 
Here are six tips for parents to use when working through conflict (follow the link for the full list of ten tips): 
1.    Always start and end the conversation by affirming that you care about the other person
2.    Be open to the idea that you made a mistake even if you are sure you did not
3.    Don't speak in generalities of another person's behavior 
4.    Always work to be the first to apologize when any dispute arises
5.    Focus on trying to discover what's right, not who is right
6.    Remind yourself the other person also cares about reconciling the relationship

The book follows those same principles, with a focus on guiding readers towards the Dao of life: happiness, success, and high achievement in personal and business relationships. This isn't an end point, rather a way of life, or a continual journey. It's a compact book - not very long to read, but very concise and to the point, so there is a lot of information contained in its pages. Read an excerpt here to learn more.

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