Managing Conflict with your Child

Managing Conflict with your Child

  • Pay attention to your feelings during conflict. 
  • Stop and take a break if you feel that your feelings are escalating and may lose control.  

  • When you are operating on your emotions:

    • You are less effective.

    • You risk saying or doing things that may be harmful and cause more damage to an already strained relationship.

  • Avoid power struggles by providing choices when possible and allowing your child to be a part of creating expectations and consequences.

  • Refuse to argue.  State your truth and stop.  Resist the urge to repeat.

  • Avoid name-calling and labeling such as “you are lazy!”  Reverse this statement by saying “You are not lazy, so I am surprise that you have made the choice to… today”.

  • Encourage your child to express their feelings including hurt, sadness, fear, anger.

  • Spend regular one on one time with your child on something they enjoy.

  • Tell your child something positive and encouraging about them every day.

  • Tell your child every day you love them.

  • Seek help and support - view resources

  • Pray for God’s wisdom in your ways and grace and favor with your child.

Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  ~ Psalm 34:14 (KJ21)

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  ~ Romans 12:18 (ESV)

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